"If we waited on politicians to act, we would still be waiting. "
"Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations."
"I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes, but I laugh, and eat well, and grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table when company comes. Nobody’ll dare say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” then. Besides, they’ll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed— I, too, am America."
"It is no accident that we are having a conversation, finally, about whether we should even have billionaires in America at the very moment when billionaire encroachment is peaking."
"Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love."
"Yesterday’s ruling,” (when an Alabama circuit court judge invalidated the Alabama Heritage Preservation Act) “is the first time a court has concluded that a state cannot force a city to maintain a Confederate monument that its citizens find abhorrent... Alabama's majority-white legislature cannot force Birmingham, a majority-black city, to maintain a monument to white supremacy."
"When opposing parties come together to negotiate, they shouldn’t negotiate right away... Negotiating may be too challenging when… strong emotions are present. The first part of any peace initiative should be devoted to the practice of breathing, walking, sitting and calming. Then the groups may be ready to listen to each other and the desire and capacity for mutual understanding will be there to serve as a basis for successful negotiations."
"Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love."
"‘Spiritual’ is a good name for some of the powerful mental phenomena that arise when the voice of the ego is muted or silenced."
"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go."
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
"We are a nation of communities... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. "