African American Quotations

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2403. We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do have language. That may be the measure of our lives.

Toni Morrison, 1931- Novelist and Nobel laureate

2404. We traded in our drums for respectability, so now it's just words.

George C. Wolfe, 1954- Dramatist and Producer

2405. The novelist hasn't any right to inflict on the public his private ideas on politics, religion, or race. If he wants to preach he should go on the pulpit.

Frank Yerby, 1916-1991 Novelist

2406. Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee.

Muhammad Ali, 1942- Boxing champion

2407. Take a day to heal from the lies you've told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.

Maya Angelou, 1928- Novelist and Poet

2408. Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong.

Willie Body Jr., 1955- Businessperson and Builder and Developer

2409. The determination to outwit one's situation means that one has no models, only object lessons.

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist


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