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James Weldon Johnson Quotes and Sayings

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Washington shows the Negro not only at his best,
but also at his worst.
- James Weldon Johnson

I had enjoyed life in Paris, and, taking all things into consideration,
enjoyed it wholesomely.
- James Weldon Johnson

Labor is the fabled magician's wand,
the philosophers stone,
and the cap of good fortune.
- James Weldon Johnson

And so for a couple of years my life was divided between
my music and my school books.
- James Weldon Johnson

 

There are a great many colored people who are ashamed of the cake-walk,
but I think they ought to be proud of it.
- James Weldon Johnson

She was my first love, and I loved her as only a boy loves.
- James Weldon Johnson

Amsterdam was a great surprise to me.
I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals;
it had never entered my mind that I should find similar
conditions in a Dutch town.
- James Weldon Johnson

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My mother was kept very busy with her sewing;
sometimes she would have another woman helping her.
- James Weldon Johnson

Through my music teaching and my not absolutely irregular attendance at church,
I became acquainted with the best class of colored people in Jacksonville.
- James Weldon Johnson

I thought of Paris as a beauty spot on the face of the earth,
and of London as a big freckle.
- James Weldon Johnson

Shortly after this I was made a member of the boys' choir,
it being found that I possessed a clear,
strong soprano voice.
I enjoyed the singing very much.
- James Weldon Johnson

My appearance was always good and my ability to play on the piano,
especially ragtime, which was then at the height of its vogue,
made me a welcome guest.
- James Weldon Johnson

You are young, gifted, and Black.
We must begin to tell our young, There's a world waiting for you,
Yours is the quest that's just begun.
- James Weldon Johnson

As I look back now I can see that I was a perfect little aristocrat.
- James Weldon Johnson

But I must own that I also felt stirred by an unselfish
desire to voice all the joys and sorrows,
the hopes and ambitions, of the American Negro,
in classic musical form.
- James Weldon Johnson

As yet, the Negroes themselves do not fully appreciate these old slave songs.
- James Weldon Johnson

Young man, young man, your arm's too short to box with God.
- James Weldon Johnson

It is from the blues that all that may be called American
music derives its most distinctive character.
- James Weldon Johnson

I believe it to be a fact that the colored people of
this country know and understand the white people better
than the white people know and understand them.
- James Weldon Johnson

Northern white people love the Negro in a sort of abstract way,
as a race; through a sense of justice,
charity, and philanthropy, they will liberally assist in his elevation.
- James Weldon Johnson

The battle was first waged over the right of the Negro
to be classed as a human being with a soul;
later,
as to whether he had sufficient intellect to master
even the rudiments of learning;
and today it is being fought out over his social recognition.
- James Weldon Johnson

Americans are immensely popular in Paris;
and this is not due solely to the fact that they spend lots of money there,
for they spend just as much or more in London,
and in the latter city they are merely tolerated because they do spend.
- James Weldon Johnson

The Southern whites are in many respects a great people.
Looked at from a certain point of view,
they are picturesque.
If one will put oneself in a romantic frame of mind,
one can admire their notions of chivalry and bravery and justice.
- James Weldon Johnson

It is a struggle; for though the black man fights passively,
he nevertheless fights; and his passive resistance
is more effective at present than active resistance could possibly be.
He bears the fury of the storm as does the willow tree.
- James Weldon Johnson

My luck at the gambling table was varied;
sometimes I was fifty to a hundred dollars ahead,
and at other times I had to borrow money from my fellow
workmen to settle my room rent and pay for my meals.
- James Weldon Johnson

In Berlin I especially enjoyed the orchestral concerts,
and I attended a large number of them.
I formed the acquaintance of a good many musicians,
several of whom spoke of my playing in high terms.
- James Weldon Johnson

When we arrived in London, my sadness at leaving Paris was turned into despair.
After my long stay in the French capital,
huge, ponderous, massive London seemed to me as ugly
a thing as man could contrive to make.
- James Weldon Johnson

The peculiar fascination which the South held over
my imagination and my limited capital decided me in
favor of Atlanta University;
so about the last of September I bade farewell to the
friends and scenes of my boyhood and boarded a train for the South.
- James Weldon Johnson

Southern white people despise the Negro as a race,
and will do nothing to aid in his elevation as such;
but for certain individuals they have a strong affection,
and are helpful to them in many ways.
- James Weldon Johnson

I do not see how a people that can find in its conscience
any excuse whatever for slowly burning to death a human being,
or for tolerating such an act, can be entrusted with the salvation of a race.
- James Weldon Johnson

Any musical person who has never heard a Negro congregation
under the spell of religious fervor sing these old
songs has missed one of the most thrilling emotions
which the human heart may experience.
- James Weldon Johnson

There is no short cut to achievement.
Life requires thorough preparation -
veneer isn't worth anything.
- George Washington Carver

Great minds have purposes others have wishes.
- Washington Irving

If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.
- George Washington Carver

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated,
it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
- Washington Irving

Learn to do common things uncommonly well;
we must always keep in mind that anything
that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.
- George Washington Carver

Ninety-nine percent of the failures
come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver

Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.
- George Washington Carver

Success is to be measured not so much
by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
- Booker T. Washington

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- George Washington

The greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
- George Washington Carver

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.
Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower
or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets,
but I have found that when I silently commune with people
they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough.
- George Washington Carver

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others,
and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
- George Washington Carver

True friendship is a plant of slow growth,
and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity
before it is entitled to the appellation.
- George Washington

True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
- George Washington

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

I love to go to Washington - if only to be near my money.
- Bob Hope

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness
of the woods before sunrise.
- George Washington Carver

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
- Harry S. Truman

Our creator is the same and never changes
despite the names given Him by people here
and in all parts of the world.
Even if we gave Him no name at all,
He would still be there, within us,
waiting to give us good on this earth.
- George Washington Carver

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
- George Washington Carver

Washington is a place where politicians don't know
which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.
- Robert Orben

Washington is a city of
Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
- John F. Kennedy

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.
- William E. Simon

Enterprise Washington is economic development in areas
of high unemployment around the state of Washington.
- Mike Lowry

I don't want to come to Washington to be just another vote.
I want to lead on issues that are important.
- Mel Martinez

I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the
world from one good Washington dinner party than from
all the background information NBC piles on my desk.
- Barbara Walters

Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft.
When a bullet passes through, it closes up.
- Dean Acheson

Only in Washington would death be considered a taxable event.
- Mike Ferguson

I grew up at 16 years old driving trucks across the
George Washington Bridge.
- Don Sherwood

The Sunday School teacher talked too much in the way
our grade school teacher used to when she told us about George Washington.
Pleasant, pretty stories, but not true.
- Frances Farmer

In Washington it is an honor to be disgraced.
you have to have been somebody to fall.
- Meg Greenfield

This morning in the Washington Post there was a statistic
about how 85% of Americans are Christians.
- Sally Quinn

Most of the people who live in Washington come from
other places and you can learn something from them.
- Sally Quinn

In subsequent years the groups you named had important
roles in educating people about the real issues in Washington and Raleigh,
and within the Democratic Party.
- Jesse Helms

Later, I went down to the Washington field office and
an onsite polygraph was administered.
- Steven Hatfill


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