The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation.
Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
Life is our dictionary.
What is a farm but a mute gospel?
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
I came into my teens unaware that most Americans, blacks as well as whites, were ignorant of the main facts of Negro history. And so it was the facts of other histories that I found most intriguing. I fell into a U.S. history major by chance late in my second year at Fisk University.
Nature is the incarnation of thought. The world is the mind precipitated.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
There was a very famous leader in Atlanta who thought that education was appropriate, but on the whole, the view was, ‘If you’re going to keep people down, you have to keep them ignorant. And so, nothing personal, but we just don’t want to recognize the attributes that man of learning would bring. Quite threatening, those would be.’
Philosophically, Dubois may have had no problem with a great African American institution. On the other hand, he always believed ultimately in the co-mingling of groups and the interplay of talents and in the collaboration of groups.