With copious evidence ranging from Plato’s haughtiness to Beethoven’s tirades, we may conclude that the most brilliant people of history tend to be a prickly lot.
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it.
And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race.
The oppressed peoples can liberate themselves only through struggle. This is a simple and clear truth confirmed by history.