"Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself—and there isn’t one."
"What is your trouble? Mistaken identity."
"Do not mistake the pointing finger for the moon."
"When death comes, we take off our clothes and gather everything we left behind: what is dark, broken, touched with shame. When Death demands we give an accounting, naked we present our lives in bundles. See how much these weigh, we tell him, refusing to deny what we have lived. Everything that is touched by light loves the light. We the stubborn-as-grass, we who reel at the taste of sap and want our spirits cleansed, will not betray the weeds, snake, or crippled mare. Never leave behind what the light shone on."
"I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark."
"Just being a Negro doesn't qualify you to understand the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine."
"Love is man's natural endowment, but he doesn't know how to use it. He refuses to recognize the power of love because of his love of power."
"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be."
"When we gaze into the eyes of our beloved, we're staring into the eyes of a sacred mirror, and we recognize our oneness."
"But darling, I wish you well on your way to the wishing well."
"I firmly believe that in every situation, no matter how difficult, God extends grace greater than the hardship, and strength and peace of mind that can lead us to a place higher than where we were before."
"Well, do a good day's work and act like somebody."