"We can revolutionize the attitude of inner city brown and black kids to learning. We need a civil rights movement within the African-American community."
"Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life."Henry Louis Gates on Joel Osteen
"My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength."Henry Louis Gates on Michael Jordan
"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."Henry Louis Gates on Albert Einstein
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."Henry Louis Gates on Thomas Jefferson
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."Henry Louis Gates on Winston Churchill
"I first learned that there were black people living in some place called other than the United States in the western hemisphere when I was a very little boy, and my father told me that when he was a boy about my age, he wanted to be an Episcopal priest, because he so admired his priest, a black man from someplace called Haiti."
"Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice."
"It's important to debunk the myths of Africa being this benighted continent civilized only when white people arrived. In fact, Africans had been creators of culture for thousands of years before. These were very intelligent, subtle and sophisticated people, with organized societies and great art."
"Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique. When you're willing to stand up within the group and say, 'It is wrong for Black people to be anti-Semitic,' or 'It is wrong for America to discriminate against persons of African descent and made them slaves and based its wealth upon free labor,' it's crucial to say that."
"Very few, if any, first-generation black or white or Asian kids will pursue a Ph.D. They'll pursue the professions for economic security. Many will go to law school and/or business school."