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African American Expression

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Selected Biographical Notes

- O -
  1. I don't believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you've changed because now you have money.
    --Shaquille O'Neal, 1994


  2. For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world.
    --Jesse Owens, Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler, 1978


  3. The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at.
    --Jesse Owens, Blackthink,, 1970




- P -
  1. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?.
    --Satchel Paige, 1984


  2. Don't play the saxophone. Let it play you.
    --Charlie Parker


  3. Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
    --Charlie Parker


  4. You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
    --Charlie Parker


  5. I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free so other people would be also free.
    --Rosa Parks


  6. I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
    --Rosa Parks


  7. Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
    --Rosa Parks


  8. Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.
    --Rosa Parks


  9. Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again?
    --Rosa Parks


  10. Each person must live their life as a model for others.
    --Rosa Parks


  11. Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
    --Rosa Parks


  12. Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.
    --Rosa Parks


  13. Most important thought, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.
    --Walter Payton


  14. Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.
    --Walter Payton


  15. I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.
    --Walter Payton


  16. Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone - there were many others who felt the same way.
    --Rosa Parks


  17. Even when I was little, I was big.
    --William "Refrigerator" Perry, 1987


  18. We suffer pain, we hang tight to hope, we nurture expectations, we are plagued occasionally by fears, we are haunted by defeats and unrealized hopes. The hoplessness of which I speak is not limited. It's in everything. There is not racial or ethnic domination of hopelessness. It's everywhere.
    --Sydney Poitier


  19. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
    --Colin Powell


  20. Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.
    --Colin Powell


  21. Experts often possess more data than judgment.
    --Colin Powell


  22. Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission.
    --Colin Powell


  23. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
    --Colin Powell


  24. I was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx, went to public school, got out of public college, went into the Army, and then I just stuck with it.
    --Colin Powell


  25. If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
    --Colin Powell


  26. Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
    --Colin Powell


  27. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
    --Colin Powell


  28. Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.
    --Colin Powell


  29. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
    --Colin Powell


  30. Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
    --Colin Powell


  31. The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
    --Colin Powell


  32. War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support.
    --Colin Powell


  33. When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.
    --Colin Powell


  34. You don't know what you can get away with until you try.
    --Colin Powell


  35. There are no secrets to success: Don't waste time lookin for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.
    --Colin Powell, 1989


  36. Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they're being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I'm black. I tell them, 'Don't stop now. If I shot somebody you'd mention it.'
    --Colin Powell, 1991


  37. The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.
    --Leontyne Price, 1976


  38. For most entertainers, there is a single experience, one defining moment, when confidence replaces the self-doubt that most of us wrestle with.
    --Charley Pride


  39. Fans will praise you, scold you, and offer helpful advice. Fans will also defend you. A fan will grab you and hug you and will not let go. When that happens, you wish it could be that way all over the world.
    --Charley Pride


  40. I loved Mississippi and do to this day. The rainbows that stretch from horizon to horizon after a summer rain are the most spectacular I have ever seen.
    --Charley Pride


  41. Any entertainer who tells you that the adoration of fans is not a heady experience probably never had the experience.
    --Charley Pride


  42. No one had ever told me that whites were supposed to sing one kind of music and blacks another-I sang what I liked in the only voice I had.
    --Charley Pride


  43. Performing is an experience, for me, that is as humbling as it is energizing.
    --Charley Pride


  44. There are worse things than being thought a Republican.
    --Charley Pride


  45. I was sometimes jeered by black soldiers who wanted me to sing something besides country music.
    --Charley Pride


  46. It was unlikely that anyone had ever heard a black person sing country music.
    --Charley Pride


  47. There's a thin line between to laugh with and to laugh at.
    --Richard Pryor


  48. When you ain't got no money, you gotta get an attitude.
    --Richard Pryor


  49. Everyone carries around his own monsters.
    --Richard Pryor


  50. Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings -- and lawyers.
    --Richard Pryor


  51. I believe in the institution of marriage, and I intend to keep trying till I get it right.
    --Richard Pryor


  52. There's nothing worse than being an aging young person.
    --Richard Pryor


  53. I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, I wanna grow up and be a critic.
    --Richard Pryor


  54. I'd like to make you laugh for about ten minutes though I'm gonna be on for an hour.
    --Richard Pryor




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