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I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of
by Constance Baker Motley

I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of
the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted.
- Constance Baker Motley

I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to
go to school every day and do my homework.
- Constance Baker Motley

Had it not been for James Meredith, who was willing to risk his life,
the University of Mississippi would still be all white.
- Constance Baker Motley

The last state to admit a black student to the college
level was South Carolina.
- Constance Baker Motley

 

We African Americans have now spent the major part
of the 20th Century battling racism.
- Constance Baker Motley

My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks.
- Constance Baker Motley

In high school, I won a prize for an essay on tuberculosis.
When I got through writing the essay,
I was sure I had the disease.
- Constance Baker Motley

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Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it
appears in many different forms.
- Constance Baker Motley

My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves.
- Constance Baker Motley

King thought he understood the white Southerner,
having been born and reared in Georgia and trained a theologian.
- Constance Baker Motley

All Southern state colleges and universities are open to black students.
- Constance Baker Motley

Doing away with separate black colleges meets resistance
from alumni and other blacks.
- Constance Baker Motley

New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep
South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population,
the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
- Constance Baker Motley

I soon found law school an unmitigated bore.
- Constance Baker Motley

When Thurgood Marshall became a lawyer,
race relations in the United States were particularly bad.
- Constance Baker Motley

I rejected the notion that my race or sex would bar my success in life.
- Constance Baker Motley

Living at the YMCA in Harlem dramatically broadened my view of the world.
- Constance Baker Motley

The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged;
except for Bella Abzug,
I had no women supporters.
- Constance Baker Motley

I remember being infuriated from the top of my head
to the tip of my toes the first time a screen was put
around Bob Carter and me on a train leaving Washington in the 1940s.
- Constance Baker Motley

We Americans entered a new phase in our history -
the era of integration -
in 1954.
- Constance Baker Motley

In my view, I did not get to the federal bench because I was a woman.
- Constance Baker Motley

When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer.
No one thought this was a good idea.
- Constance Baker Motley

Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century.
I see class warfare as overshadowing both.
- Constance Baker Motley

There appears to be no limit as to how far the women's revolution will take us.
- Constance Baker Motley

The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the
middle class and the poor.
- Constance Baker Motley

The Constitution, as originally drawn,
made no reference to the fact that all Americans wre
considered equal members of society.
- Constance Baker Motley

I never thought I would live long enough to see the
legal profession change to the extent it has.
- Constance Baker Motley

Lack of encouragement never deterred me.
I was the kind of person who would not be put down.
- Constance Baker Motley

Whites would rather not be involved in race matters,
I think.
- Constance Baker Motley

How long must the American community afford special treatment to blacks?
- Constance Baker Motley

Too many whites still see blacks as a group apart.
- Constance Baker Motley

The fact is that racism, despite all the doomsayers,
has diminished.
- Constance Baker Motley

The legal difference between the sit-ins and the Freedom Riders was significant.
- Constance Baker Motley

King consciously steered away from legal claims and
instead relied on civil disobedience.
- Constance Baker Motley

We knew then what we know now; only exemplary blacks are acceptable.
- Constance Baker Motley

By 1962, King had become, by the media's reckoning,
the new civil rights leader.
- Constance Baker Motley

Today's white majority is largely silent about the race question.
- Constance Baker Motley

There is no longer a single common impediment to blacks
emerging in this society.
- Constance Baker Motley

Columbia Law School men were being drafted,
and suddenly women who had done well in college were
considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.
- Constance Baker Motley

The middle class, in the white population,
encompasses a wide swath.
- Constance Baker Motley

In high school, I discovered myself.
I was interested in race relations and the legal profession.
I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to
be the most difficult of professions.
- Constance Baker Motley

I got the chance to argue my first case in Supreme Court,
a criminal case arising in Alabama that involved the
right of a defendant to counsel at a critical stage
in a capital case before a trial.
- Constance Baker Motley

Even from the darkest night songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

A single event can awaken a stranger totally unknown to us.
To live is to be slowly born.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
the world cries and you rejoice.
- Indian Proverb

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1

And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born
it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
- Margaret Mead

We are born princes, and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
- Publilius Syrus

Friends are born, not made.
- Henry Adams

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

That I was born to this circle - I am blessed.
That I choose to stand in this circle - I am proud.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure about you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
- Marianne Williamson

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone.
Only through our love and friendship can we
create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
- Orson Welles

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

In every society some men are born to rule,
and some to advise.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Born to be wild - live to outgrow it.
- Lao Tzu


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