To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
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.
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.
Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know that we cannot live within.