Quote by Benjamin Franklin
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
This quote encourages individuals not to conceal their abilities and talents but instead, utilize them to their full potential. The comparison of a sundial in the shade signifies that one's talents are rendered useless if not put to use and displayed. By embracing and showcasing their unique skills, individuals can bring value, make an impact, and contribute to their surroundings. It emphasizes the importance of expressing oneself and utilizing their talents to make a difference in the world.
We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased, we are glad. If they are not, it doesn't matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too. The tom-tom cries and the tom-tom laughs. If colored people are pleased, we are glad. If they are not, it doesn't matter either. We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.
There is a kind of laughter that sickens the soul. Laughter when it is out of control: when it screams and stamps its feet, and sets the bells jangling in the next town. Laughter in all its ignorance and cruelty. Laughter with the seed of Satan in it. It tramples upon shrines; the belly-roarer. It roars, it yells, it is delirious: and yet it is as cold as ice. It has no humor. It is naked noise and naked malice.