To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.
Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war love is a growing up.
The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment the time is always now.
The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.
Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?
The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.
The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.
To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever.
American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did - which was to hide.
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions.
Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black.
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