Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
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.
Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.
Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.
I've always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
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.
The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.
Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
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