Quotes March 09, 2019

I’ve come to appreciate the planet we live on. It’s a small ball in a large universe. It’s a very fragile ball but also very beautiful. You don’t recognize that until you see it from a little farther off.
Guion “Guy” Bluford Jr.,
combat pilot, astronaut and first African-American in space
Don’t worry about the overall importance of the problem; work on it if it looks interesting. I think there’s a sufficient correlation between interest and importance.
David Blackwell,
statistician, mathematician and first African-American inducted into the National Academy of Sciences
Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.
Quincy Jones,
musician, record producer and composer
With tireless energy and eager zeal, colored women have, since their emancipation, been continuously prosecuting the work of educating and elevating their race, as though upon themselves alone devolved the accomplishment of this herculean task.
Mary Church Terrell,
civil rights activist and first president of the National Association of Colored Women
[W]hen it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’
Claudette Colvin,
civil rights activist
I have made it my mission to talk to anyone who will listen about [colon cancer] screening, prevention and early detection.
Katie Couric,
journalist, whose first husband died of colon cancer
It was time for the women to have the fun of parading, too. The men have had control too long.
Aminthe Nungesser,
founder of the all-women Iris and Venus krewes of Mardi Gras
If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.
Billie Holiday,
Honesty helps. You get a long way in life as far as I’m concerned. You tell the truth, ask for help, instead of saying I know what I’m doing.
Penny Marshall,
actress and director
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Gloria Steinem,
journalist, feminist and activist
Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
Dinah Shore,
TV personality, singer and 1940s’ top-charting female vocalist