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Bessie Coleman Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bessie Coleman.

I refused to take no for an answer.
- Bessie Coleman

The air is the only place free from prejudices.
- Bessie Coleman

I decided blacks should not have to experience the
difficulties I had faced,
so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly.
- Bessie Coleman

It is only the poor who pay cash,
and that not from virtue,
but because they are refused credit.
- Anatole France

 

Beauty is an outward gift,
which is seldom despised,
except by those to whom it has been refused.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it,
I should not mind a bit.
but if a friend of mine had a sorrow
and refused to allow me to share it,
I should feel it most bitterly.
If he shut the doors of the house of mourning against me,
I would move back again and again and beg to be admitted
so that I might share in what I was entitled to share.
If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him,
I should feel it as the most poignant humiliation.
- Oscar Wilde

I never refused an autograph, never refused to buy someone a drink.
Now I'm learning to say I've got other things on,
instead of doing it and wondering why.
- Paul Gascoigne

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I never refused my help to any person black or white;
and I liked the office nonetheless because there were
neither fees nor salary connected with it.
- Salmon P. Chase

We asked Jane Fonda if she would like to meet American pilots in Hanoi,
but she refused, she didn't want to.
- Hanoi Hannah

I have never refused to talk to any authorities or
give them any information I had.
- Sam Sheppard

When I used to do musical theatre, my dad refused to come backstage.
He never wanted to see the props up close or the sets up close.
He didn't want to see the magic.
- Nia Vardalos

If Rosa Parks had not refused to move to the back of the bus,
you and I might never have heard of Dr. Martin Luther King.
- Ramsey Clark

America stopped making vinyl and phased out the single
but Germany held out and refused.
Warner's never phased out vinyl in Germany.
Now America imports it!
- Peter Hook

If the adjustment made by a court can be accepted or not,
it will be refused whenever the men can gain more by continuing the strike,
with whatever of violence that involves.
- John Bates Clark

The House of Commons, refused to receive the addresses of the colonies,
when the matter was pending; besides,
we hold our rights neither from them nor from the Lords.
- Christopher Gadsden

I was asked to memorise what I did not understand;
and,
my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.
- Aleister Crowley

I had only two offers of marriage in my life,
and I refused both.
- Catherine Helen Spence

I refused to beat my head against stone,
of course.
- Herbert Lom

I'm here today because I refused to be unhappy.
I took a chance.
- Wanda Sykes

Although his crusade in 1957 occurred at a time in
our nation's history when race divided all,
Reverend Graham refused to preach in segregated audiences.
- Jerry Moran

Abasement, degradation is simply the manner of life
of the man who has refused to be what it is his duty to be.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Yes, they wanted me to sign a contract of exclusivity,
and I refused.
- Claudia Cardinale

And whether it is equal pay, health care,
Social Security, or family leave, this Congress has
refused to address issues critical to hard-working American women.
- Louise Slaughter

Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough
wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations
between the two great nations on earth.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Many psychoanalysts refused to let me speak at their meetings.
They were exceptionally vigorous because I had previously
been an analyst and they were very angry at my flying the coop.
- Albert Ellis

It's been a struggle for me because I had a chance to be white and refused.
- Richard Pryor

I had repeatedly made written requests to the Fuehrer
that I might be allowed to join the Wehrmacht as an ordinary soldier.
He refused to give me this permission.
- Fritz Sauckel

I had one nanny who made me sit in front of a bowl
of porridge for three or four days running when I refused to eat it.
I remember being very unhappy about that.
- Anjelica Huston

What the Court really has refused to recognize is the
fundamental interest all individuals have in controlling
the nature of their intimate associations.
- Harry A. Blackmun

I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers,
and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.
- Pete Seeger

The man who is forever disturbed about the condition
of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.
- Henry Miller

I refused David Letterman's proposal of marriage for obvious reasons,
but thanks for asking.
- Teri Garr

When our interests matched, the Americans have been good to us,
and when the interests differed, they wanted us to mold ourselves to them,
which we refused.
- Bashar al-Assad

I was so opposed to the war in Vietnam that I initially
refused President Nixon's urgings for me to go there.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Poor Andy Nave was killed.
He refused to surrender and was shot by Dick Fields.
I felt sorry as he used to be quite friendly towards me before the war,
but it could not be helped.
- Stand Watie

It would be difficult to discover the truth about the
universe if we refused to consider anything that might be true.
- Richard Morris

There were some films I refused because the feminist aspect was a bit wonky.
- Julie Christie

The churches...
have lost much of their authority over youth because
they have refused to re-examine their religious sanctions
and their dogmatic preaching in the light of modern physiology,
psychology and sociology.
- Agnes E. Meyer

The fact is that as soon as they reach Baghdad gates,
we will besiege them and slaughter them.
Until now they have refused to do battle with us.
They are just going places.
One can describe them as a boa: when it feels threatened,
it runs to somewhere else.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

I think the Democrats are catering to them,
but, you know, in the entire history of the United States of America,
there has never been a judge who has been refused a
vote when there was a majority of Senators willing
to vote for his confirmation,
never in history.
- Pat Robertson

House Republican leadership have refused to allow a clean minimum wage vote.
Close to 15 million Americans will be affected if we did this.
Do Republicans really expect a family to live on less than $11,000 a year?
- Bill Pascrell

Captain Hale, alone, without sympathy or support,
save that from above, on the near approach of death
asked for a clergyman to attend him.
It was refused.
He then requested a Bible; that too was refused by his inhuman jailer.
- William Hull

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners
usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed.
They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
- B. C. Forbes

The last person to stand still and repeat himself was Walt Disney.
He refused to repeat himself.
So to think that he'd be making the same kind of film
in the year 2001 that he made in 1941 is absurd.
- Leonard Maltin

Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the
ancient world refused to understand itself,
a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably
has bid farewell to our new world,
a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

I think we've broken story after story that the rest
of the media refused to break even when they had the
story because they were scared of the story,
or they just didn't think it was appropriate.
- David Talbot

Saddam Hussein has systematically violated,
over the course of the past 11 years,
every significant UN resolution that has demanded that
he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons,
and any nuclear capacity.
This he has refused to do.
- Henry Waxman

During our travels, the Indians entertained me well;
and their affection for me was so great,
that they utterly refused to leave me there with the others,
although the Governor offered them one hundred pounds sterling for me,
on purpose to give me a parole to go home.
- Daniel Boone

In Rwanda that genocide happened because the international
community and the Security Council refused to give,
again, another 5000 troops which would have cost,
I don't know, maybe fifty, a hundred,
million dollars.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

The actress they'd hired had refused to appear naked in front of the camera.
I didn't like to appear naked either,
but the first thing I did was take off my clothes and
jump into the pool completely naked.
- Victoria Abril

First of all, we were never not speaking.
It's gotten so blown out of proportion.
It was a very straightforward difference of opinion.
I think because we were so private and refused to talk about it,
these stories just got out of control.
- Julie Nixon Eisenhower

We went into Iraq because Saddam Hussein refused to
account for his weapons of mass destruction,
consistently violated UN resolutions and in a post-9/11
world no American president could afford to give Saddam
Hussein the benefit of the doubt.
- Peter King

But here too it should be noted that the President's
approach was to first ask the repressive and brutal
Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden to us,
and only after that government refused to do that did we invade.
- Barney Frank

I met with my lawyers.
They gave me all the wrong advice.
For a long time I refused to accept the child was mine.
I should have met her, arranged a DNA test and accepted my responsibility.
- Boris Becker

A few years ago no hotel or restaurant in Boston refused Negro guests;
now several hotels,
restaurants, and especially confectionary stores,
will not serve Negroes, even the best of them.
- Ray Stannard Baker

Three years ago the Government announced the creation of Reconciliation Place,
and said that it would include a memorial to those
removed from their families.
However, they refused to include any of those who were
removed in the design of their own memorial.
- Malcolm Fraser

When my children were born, I didn't have them baptized
because I felt baptism was about erasing Original Sin -
something the Church said children got from their mother -
and I absolutely refused to believe women carry Original Sin.
- Olympia Dukakis

So far we have not convinced the Chinese authorities.
My own brother was refused a visa on what was probably
my last chance of seeing him when he was going around the world on a tour.
Scott Nearing was similarly refused.
- Anna Louise Strong

I joined the army as a private.
I was offered a rank at that time, but I refused.
I preferred to remain a private.
First of all, I wasn't taken by ranks,
and before I knew it, they put me in the most sensitive positions anyway.
- Shimon Peres

Rather than showing themselves to be an ally to the
middle class by ending the AMT or repealing it for years to come,
my Republican colleagues refused to include it in today's
legislation and America's middle class will surely
suffer that choice greatly.
- Ellen Tauscher

It's a little bit like my inability to read a guide
book before I go anywhere.
I can read it after I've been there and by the same
logic I refuse to accept any technical stunts from anybody.
I refused to learn more than I knew and I confess I missed a great deal.
- Ben Shahn

Prosecution I have managed to avoid;
but I have been arrested,
charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over,
and thereupon have been unconditionally released -
to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know
what going to prison was like.
- Laurence Housman

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke


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