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"Never look down on anybody unless you helping him up."

"Capital punishment turns the state into a murderer. But imprisonment turns the state into a gay dungeon-master."

"Keep hope alive!"

"I cast my bread on the waters long ago. Now it's time for you to send it back to me - toasted and buttered on both sides."

"My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised."
Politics

"If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart."

"I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet."

"Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow-red, yellow, brown, black and white-and we're all precious in God's sight."

"America is not like a blanket-one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt-many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread."

"The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the Native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay and the disabled make up the American quilt."

"From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation."

"Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude."

"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up."

"Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change."

"Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together."

"No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams."
Dreams

"I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven't melted."

"A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever."

"George Bush has met more foreign heads of state than I have. But a substantial number of them were dead."

"When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it's called a depression."

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