"Every color I can think of and nationality, we were all touched by Dr. King because he made us like each other and respect each other."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Lena Horne on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Lena Horne on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Lena Horne on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Lena Horne on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Lena Horne on Abraham Lincoln
"I'm not alone, I'm free. I no longer have to be a credit, I don't have to be a symbol to anybody I don't have to be a first to anybody."
"Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it's just death."
"Always be smarter than the people who hire you."
"I'm still learning, you know. At 80, I feel there is a lot I don't know."
"Malcolm X made me very strong at a time I needed to understand what I was angry about. He had peace in his heart. He exerted a big influence on me."