The peculiar fascination which the South held over my imagination and my limited capital decided me in favor of Atlanta University; so about the last of September I bade farewell to the friends and scenes of my boyhood and boarded a train for the South.
Amsterdam was a great surprise to me. I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals; it had never entered my mind that I should find similar conditions in a Dutch town.
My luck at the gambling table was varied; sometimes I was fifty to a hundred dollars ahead, and at other times I had to borrow money from my fellow workmen to settle my room rent and pay for my meals.
Young man, young man, your arm's too short to box with God.
You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There's a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that's just begun.
It is a struggle; for though the black man fights passively, he nevertheless fights; and his passive resistance is more effective at present than active resistance could possibly be. He bears the fury of the storm as does the willow tree.
Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune.
The Southern whites are in many respects a great people. Looked at from a certain point of view, they are picturesque. If one will put oneself in a romantic frame of mind, one can admire their notions of chivalry and bravery and justice.
The battle was first waged over the right of the Negro to be classed as a human being with a soul; later, as to whether he had sufficient intellect to master even the rudiments of learning; and today it is being fought out over his social recognition.
It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive character.
As I look back now I can see that I was a perfect little aristocrat.
I had enjoyed life in Paris, and, taking all things into consideration, enjoyed it wholesomely.
She was my first love, and I loved her as only a boy loves.
As yet, the Negroes themselves do not fully appreciate these old slave songs.
I thought of Paris as a beauty spot on the face of the earth, and of London as a big freckle.
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