"All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was."
"You never miss the water til the well runs dry..."
"Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo- obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other."
"I am not a politician...I only suffer the consequences."
"If you're going to get in the ring and try to take the belt, you have to prepare to get hit."
"You must change in order to survive."
"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak."
"Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough."
Mary McLeod Bethune
"Sometimes if you want to get rid of the gun, you have to pick the gun up."
Huey P. Newton
"Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within."
"Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."
Zora Neale Hurston
"I believe that one of life's greatest risks is never daring to risk."
"For over three hundred years the white man has been our oppressor, and he naturally is not going to liberate us. We have to liberate ourselves."
"Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking."
"I'm sick and tired of Black and white people of good intent giving aspirin to a society that is dying of a cancerous disease."
"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."
"Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go."
"If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started."
"A race without authority and power is a race without respect."
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