Quotations About / On:
Irish Americans are about as Irish as black Americans are African.
(Bob Geldof (b. 1954), Irish rock singer. Quoted in Observer (London, June 22, 1986).)
We black men seem the sole oasis of simple faith and reverence in a dusty desert of dollars and smartness.
(W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903).)
The sun of a prince's good graces resembles that in the skies in that it shines most kindly upon the blackest people.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1811-1816).)
So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. High John de Conquer, American Mercury (1943).)
By dying I wanted to maintain my honor, and hide a flame so black from the daylight!
(Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Phaedra, in Phaedra, act 1, sc. 3 (1677).
Phaedra describes her horror at her own incestuous passion.)
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.
(William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Western Lands, ch. 3 (1987).)
The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black.
(James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. A Dialogue (1973).
from a conversation with Nikki Giovanni, Nov. 4, 1971, in London.)
It's given new meaning to me of the scientific term black hole.
(Don Logan, U.S. businessman, president and chief executive of Time Inc. His response when asked how much his company had spent in the last year to develop Pathfinder, Time Inc.'S site on the World Wide Web. Quoted in New York Times, p. D7 (November 13, 1995).)
The empowerment of black women constitutes ... the empowerment of our entire community.
(Kimberly Crenshaw (b. 1959), African American author. Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power, ch. 14 (1992).)
She lifts the shadows from my blackest griefs, and makes even my darkest days serene ones.
(Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. King Ahasuerus, in Esther, act 2, sc. 7 (1689).
Ahasuerus is speaking of Esther.)