Art is inseparable from life, and form and content are one.
Steep yourself in black history, but don’t stop there. I love Duke Ellington and Count Basie, but I also listen to Bach and Beethoven. Do not allow yourself to be trapped and snared in the limits set for you by someone else.
Perhaps one of the writer’s tasks is to weave himself into others’ pain.
I know that God did not put me on the face of this earth to bang on a typewriter for the rest of my life!
Intolerance can grow only in the soil of ignorance: from its branches grow all manner of obstacles to human progress.
Material deprivation is horrible, but it does not compare to spiritual deprivation.
America is me. It gave me the only life I know, so I must share in its survival.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals.
The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.