I think the idea of the social construction of beauty – this idea that beauty is simply whatever culture or society says it is – is on the run. Of course, beauty does arise in a cultural context. No one ever denies that. But there’s also a natural response people have to it.
Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is, and what he says. When the source dries up, the work withers and crumbles.
The mark, to me, of a constructive argument is one that looks at a specific problem and says, ‘What shall we do about this?’ And a nonconstructive one is one that tries to label people.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that we should be separate, all right, but in this separate state or separate existence, the black man should be given the opportunity and the incentive to do for himself what the white man has done for himself.
I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.
History says, ‘Don’t hope on this side of the grave.’
The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
The cynic says, ‘One man can’t do anything.’ I say, ‘Only one man can do anything.’
Everyone says corruption is everywhere, but for me it seems strange to say that and then not try to put the people guilty of that corruption away.
A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.