“Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.”
“Your children need your presence more than your presents.”
“If you run, you might lose. If you don't run, you're guaranteed to lose.”
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”
“It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other”
“No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.”
“The burden of being black is that you have to be superior just to be equal. But the glory of it is that, once you achieve, you have achieved, indeed."
You can't vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”
“Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains."
You must know, it is not your aptitude but your attitude that will determine your altitude.”
“When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.”
“When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when whites are unemployed it's called a depression.”
"There is nothing more painful for me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery -- and then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved."
“Capital punishment turns the state into a murderer. But imprisonment turns the state into a gay dungeon-master.”
“Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.”