For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.
Aim for the highest.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I'm much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.
One man with courage is a majority.
To attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.
A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.
If you can dream it, you can do it.
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.