A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition – about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
The honorary duty of a human being is to love.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.
The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.