Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.
James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)
Contributed by: Zaady
Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
Children have never been any good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
It is very nearly impossible . . . to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.
The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
If we do not now dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water, fire next time.
Source: The Fire Next Time, 1963
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hate so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
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