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Type: Poet
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 04/04/1928




 

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All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
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Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
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While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.
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The need for change bulldozed road down the center of my mind.
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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
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Life loves the liver of it.
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I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
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The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
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Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
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There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
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The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
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I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
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Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
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There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
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Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
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If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
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I believe that every person is born with talent.
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One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
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How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
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As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
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My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
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