"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."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."James Weldon Johnson on Maya Angelou
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."James Weldon Johnson on Albert Einstein
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."James Weldon Johnson on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."James Weldon Johnson on Mahatma Gandhi
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."James Weldon Johnson on Earl Nightingale
"I thought of Paris as a beauty spot on the face of the earth, and of London as a big freckle."
"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."
"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."