The battle was first waged over the right of the Negro to be classed as a human being with a soul; later, as to whether he had sufficient intellect to master even the rudiments of learning; and today it is being fought out over his social recognition.
I had enjoyed life in Paris, and, taking all things into consideration, enjoyed it wholesomely.
What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?
Washington shows the Negro not only at his best, but also at his worst.
At times I think and at times I am.
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
My appearance was always good and my ability to play on the piano, especially ragtime, which was then at the height of its vogue, made me a welcome guest.
You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.
Amsterdam was a great surprise to me. I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals; it had never entered my mind that I should find similar conditions in a Dutch town.
The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.