Harlem was the main chance for the east end of New York, for eastsiders, as that real estate boom that took place in the 1890s – and it was a preposterous one where people bought and sold, and everything appreciated with each sale – and eventually, of course, the house of cards would crumble.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
All I demand for the black man is, that the white people shall take their heels off his neck, and let him have a chance to rise by his own efforts.
The circle of the return to birth can only remain open, but this is a chance, a sign of life, and a wound.
Joint undertakings stand a better chance when they benefit both sides.
Events are not a matter of chance.
Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.
Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.
At twelve I was determined to shoot only For honor; at twenty not to shoot at all; I know at thirty-three that one must shoot As often as one gets the rare chance – In killing there is more than commentary.