Museful Knowledge Redux

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“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.”
~T.S. Eliot

“When a person has been blessed with a life as full and rich as mine, he can never give back enough.”
–Muhammad Ali

“Magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life.”
–Frances Cornford

“The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution”
~Huey Newton

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”
―Maya Angelou

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”

“There are exceptional people out there who are capable of starting epidemics. All you have to do is find them.”
―Malcolm Gladwell

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself. ”
–Danny Kaye

“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”
~Hunter S. Thompson

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”

“All That We See or Seem Is But A Dream Within A Dream.”
–Edgar Allen Poe

“Time lost is never found again.”
–Benjamin Franklin

“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”
–Bruce Lee

“When people in authority want the rest of us to behave, it matters—first and foremost—how they behave.”
―Malcolm Gladwell

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
~Carl Jung

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
―Coco Chanel

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
~Vincent Van Gogh

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
~Frederick Douglas

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
–Winston Churchill

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
–Anne Frank

“Poverty is not only a lack of money, it’s a lack of sense of meaning.”
―David Bornstein

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots”

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
–Norman Vincent Peale

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
–Maya Angelou

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
–Aldous Huxley
#1.4»James Baldwin

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
~James Baldwin

“People pay for what they do…and they pay for it, very simply, by the lives they lead.”
–James Baldwin

“Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
–James Baldwin

“Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.”
–James Baldwin

“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
–James Baldwin

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
–James Baldwin

“No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.”
–James Baldwin

“The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”
–James Baldwin

“I cannot change what I am unwilling to face.”
–James Baldwin

“Art has to be a kind of confession.”
~James Baldwin
#1.5»Richard Wright

“Men simply copied the realities of their hearts when they built prisons.”
–Richard Wright

“I had tasted what to me was life, and I would have more of it, somehow, someway.”
–Richard Wright

“The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.”
–Richard Wright

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo.”
–Richard Wright

“Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books…”
~Richard Wright

“Literature is a struggle over the nature of reality.”
–Richard Wright

“The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic, it is to end the injustice.”
–Richard Wright
#1.6»Langston Hughes

“Let America be that great strong land of love.”
–Langston Hughes

“Negroes – Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day – They change their mind.”
–Langston Hughes

“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”
–Langston Hughes

“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
― Langston Hughes


“Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.”

–Langston Hughes

“Never look for a worm in the apple of your eye.”
–Langston Hughes

“My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
–Langston Hughes

“The only way to get a thing done is to start to do it, then keep on doing it, and finally you’ll finish it…”
–Langston Hughes

“Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.”
–Langston Hughes

“I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”
—Langston Hughes

“Why must it be my song, why must it be my dream, deferred, overlong”
~ Langston Hughes

“I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see, why Democracy means, everybody but me”
~Langston Hughes

“Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed.”
—Langston Hughes

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.”
~Langston Hughes

“there’s a dream in this land with its back against the wall.”
~Langston Hughes

“When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.”
~Langston Hughes

“I am so tired of waiting,
Aren’t you,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?”
~Langston Hughes

“For poems are like rainbows; they escape you quickly.”
~Langston Hughes

Life is love!
Love is life only!
Better to be human
Than God—and lonely.”
–Langston Hughes

“I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
—Langston Hughes, The Big Sea

“First in the heart is the dream.
Then the mind starts seeking a way.”
~Langston Hughes

“Hang yourself, poet, in your own words.
Otherwise, you are dead.”
~Langston Hughes

“And can it be that our Negro institutions are not really interested in turning out leaders at all? Can it be that they are far more interested in their endowments and their income and their salaries than in our students?

And can it be that these endowments, incomes, gifts—and therefore salaries—springing from missionary and philanthropic sources and not from big Northern boards and foundations—have such strings tied to them that those accepting them can do little else (if they wish to live easy) but bow down to the white powers that control this philanthropy and continue, to the best of their ability, to turn out ‘Uncle Toms’?…”

“The day must come when we will not say that a college is a great college because it has a few beautiful buildings, and a half dozen PhD’s on a faculty that is afraid to open its mouth…”

“…unless we develop more and ever more such young men and women on our campuses [e.g., I.S.U. members] as an antidote to the docile dignity of the meek professors and well-paid presidents who now run our institutions, American Negroes in the future had best look to the unlettered for their leaders, and expect only cowards from the colleges.”
~Langston Hughes, “Cowards from the Colleges: An Essay”, 1934

“I’ve been scared and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me, Sun has baked me,
Looks like between ’em they done
Tried to make me
Stop laughin’, stop lovin’, stop livin’–
But I don’t care! I’m still here!”
–from “Still Here,” (1957) by Langston Hughes

“Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor —
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now —
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”
―Langston Hughes, “Mother To Son”

“Let America ‘be that great strong land of love.’ That is more than poetry…that’s a prayer.”
—Hillary Clinton quoting Langston Hughes