You cannot rely on other people’s support.
If you want to be found stand where the seeker seeks.
The poem ‘What Teachers Make’ is not without its detractors. This one person wrote to me and said: ‘Gee, Mr. Mali. You don’t possibly have a teacher-God complex, do you?’ And that was the first time I’d ever heard of that expression. So, yeah, I’m sure I have a teacher-God complex.
There’s always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself – whether it’s Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. – because that’s the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else.
Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel for example – I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation.
Are you honest with the Lord in the payment of your tithes? Living this divine law will bring both spiritual and material blessings.
You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
If you seek my help and guidance, I will immediately give it to you.
You have had presidential candidates over the last 30 years who would have had a very hard time getting nominated under the old system. One example is John Kennedy.
I know you’ve been married to the same woman for 69 years. That is marvellous. It must be very inexpensive.