There's one more thing I want to say. It's a touchy subject. Black beauty. Black sensuality. We live in a culture where the beauty of black people isn't always as celebrated as other types. I'd like to help change that if I can!
For me, the lame part of the Sixties was the political part, the social part. The real part was the spiritual part.
Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
Some people say Liz and I are whores, but we are saints. We do not hide our loves hypocritically, and when in love, we are loyal and faithful to our men. On the subject of her multiple marriages
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
We learn simply by the exposure of living. Much that passes for education is not education at all but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least.
David P. Gardner
The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight.
What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.
The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.
There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
We are always doing, says he, something for posterity, but I would see posterity do something for us.
Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.
It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.
We are growing serious, and let me tell you, that's the next step to being dull.
Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible.
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.
With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people, who keep their own accounts.
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.
It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of ;antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.
Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought.
Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin!
Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
When you feel good about yourself, others will feel good about you, too.
Come on, Come on, and there'll be no turning back. You were only killing time and it can kill you right back Come on, Come on, its time to burn up the fuse. You got nothing to do and even less to lose.
No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.
The immature man wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mature man wants to live humanely for one.
Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.
Henri B. Stendhal
Being contented ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.
G. K. Chesterton
With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.
The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it.
A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.
Lydia Maria Child
Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.
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