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It is not healthy when a nation lives within a nation, as coloured Americans are living inside America. A nation cannot live confident of its tomorrow if its refugees are among its own citizens.
 

It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.
 

Let woman out of the home, let man into it, should be the aim of education. The home needs man, and the world outside needs woman.
 

Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death.
 

Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of the earth and the life upon it, that I cannot think of heaven and the angels.
 

Love alone could waken love.
[Love]
 

Love dies only when growth stops.
 

Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession.
 

Men would rather be starving and free than fed in bonds.
 

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
 

Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors.
[Determination]
 

Nothing in life is as good as the marriage of true minds between man and woman. As good? It is life itself.
 

Once the "what" is decided, the "how" always follows. We must not make the "how" an excuse for not facing and accepting the "what."
[Decisions]
 

One faces the future with one's past.
[Decisions]
 

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.
 

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.
 

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked.
[Age]
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Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
[Inspirational]
 

Race prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored it is a shadow over all of us, and the shadow is darkest over those who feel it least and allow its evil effects to go on.
 

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
 


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