"Could I say that the reason that I am here today, you know, from the mouth of the State Department itself, is: I should not be allowed to travel because I have struggled for years for the independence of the colonial peoples of Africa."
"It is better to travel well than to arrive."Paul Robeson on Buddha
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."Paul Robeson on Maya Angelou
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more."Paul Robeson on Thomas Jefferson
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."Paul Robeson on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."Paul Robeson on Saint Augustine
"You want to shut up every Negro who has the courage to stand up and fight for the rights of his people, for the rights of workers, and I have been on many a picket line for the steelworkers too."
"As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this."
"In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda to drive into American minds the false notion that danger threatened them from the East."
"I know that if the peace movement takes its message boldly to the Negro people a powerful force can be secured in pursuit of the greatest goal of all mankind. And the same is true of labor and the great democratic sections of our population."
"I said it was my feeling that the American people would struggle for peace, and that has since been underscored by the President of these United States."