"Rainy, gloomy, drab, sunless day. There are times when hope seems entirely clouded over; when looking for the blessings in your circumstances feels like trying to catch a ray of sunshine from six feet under."
"White House. Yeah, he'd like to stay in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House for the summer."
"A man does not mind being blamed for his faults, and being punished for them, and he patiently suffers much for them; but he becomes impatient if he is required to give them up."
"When Negroes looked for the second phase, the realization of equality, they found that many of their white allies had quietly disappeared.... To stay murder is not the same thing as to ordain brotherhood."
"If you are clear that you are miserable in your relationship, don't procrastinate on getting a divorce 'for the sake of the children.'"
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men."
"Never hold resentments for the person who tells you what you need to hear; count them among your truest, most caring, and valuable friends."
"When I'm performing for the people, I am me, then. I am that little girl who, when she was five years old, used to sing at church. Or I'm that 15-year-old young lady who wanted to be grown and wanted to sing and couldn't wait to be smokin' a cigarette, you know?"
"In fact, there is perhaps only one human being in a thousand who is passionately interested in his job for the job's sake. The difference is that if that one person in a thousand is a man, we say, simply, that he is passionately keen on his job; if she is a woman, we say she is a freak."
"I apologize for the cruel things that I did but I don't regret one single word I said."