When you stop having dreams and ideals - well, you might as well stop altogether.
None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.
I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country.
A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God... When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy.
Prayer begins where human capacity ends.
Prejudice is like a hair across your cheek. You can't see it, you can't find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing at it because the feel of it is irritating.
You lose a lot of time, hating people.
I forgave the DAR many years ago. You lose a lot of time hating people.
As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
I suppose I might insist on making issues of things. But that is not my nature, and I always bear in mind that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow.
When I sing, I don't want them to see that my face is black. I don't want them to see that my face is white. I want them to see my soul. And that is colorless.
Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.
The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.
There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move - and he, in turn, waits for you.
Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.