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Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Black Quotations" On Self-Reliance

A man's bread and butter is only insured when he works for it.

- Marcus Garvey, 83

Treat your guest as a guest for two days; on the third day, give him a hoe!

- Swahili Folk Saying, 84

Actually we are slaves to the cost of living.

- Carolina Maria De Jesus, 84

Man cannot live by profit alone.

- James Baldwin, 84

The appearance of millionaires in any society is no proof of its affluence; they can be produced by very poor countries... it is not efficiency of production which makes millionaires; it is the uneven distribution of what is produced.

- Julius K. Nyerere, 85

We realize that our future lies chiefly in our own hands.  We know that neither institution nor friends can make a race stand unless it has strength in its own foundation; that races, like individuals, must stand or fall by their own merit; that to fully succeed they must practice the virtues of self-reliance, self-respect, industry, perseverance, and economy.

- Paul Robeson, 91

If you cain't bear no crosses, You cain't wear no crown.

- African-American Spiritual, 96

Source: Janes Cheatham Bell, ed. Famous Black Quotations. New York: Warner Books, Inc., 1995.

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