Quotes That Inspired The Book

Read some of the quotes, and learn more about the people behind the quotes, that are included in Black Faces in White Places. This includes some of the powerful quotations, proverbs, sayings, and even lyrics, found at the beginning of certain chapters in the book.

“I wrote these words for everyone who struggles in their youth.
Who won’t accept deception instead of what is truth.
It seems we lose the game, before we even start to play.
Who made these rules? We’re so confused.  Easily led astray.”

-Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is an American Hip-Hop recording artist. She was nominated 10 times to win an award at the 1998 Grammy’s ceremony, and won 5 Grammy’s, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist, out of the original 10.


“Whatever you choose to do, you will end up playing in one game or another. You may play a corporate game, you may play an education game, you may play a health game. You can play any game, but if you want to be successful, you need to understand the rules and the subtleties of that game.  Take it seriously. It’s a serious game.”

-Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon is an American business executive known for his work with Verizon and the NAACP. He began his career at the Bell of Pennsylvania and gradually climbed the executive ranks and became Head of the Retail Markets Division of Verizon. He was elected president of the NAACP on June 25, 2005 and maintained this position for two years. He resigned in March 2007.


“Thank you [God] for allowing me to see myself the way you see me.”

-Kirk Franklin, “Imagine Me”

Kirk Franklin is an American Gospel singer and author. He is known for his pioneer work in the Gospel crossover to the mainstream.


“We must not cease from exploration.  And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.”

-T. S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot was an American Poet and Playwright. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature, and was recognized as the most important English Language Poet of the 20th Century.


“When you can do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”

-George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was an American scientist, botanist, and inventor. He is mostly known for his research on crops such as peanuts and sweet potatoes that could act as alternatives to cotton in the ages before Slavery Abolishment.


“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

–Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a German theoretical physicist and philosopher who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, and is still widely considered the most influential intellectual of all time.


“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, known best for his work in the fight for racial equality.


“He who walks with wise men will be wise. But the companion of fools will be destroyed.”

-Proverbs 13:20

The Book of Proverbs is one of the many books included in the Hebrew Bible. Its theme centers on the conflict between foolishness and wisdom.


“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.”

-Sandra Carey

Sandra Carey is an American author. She has written mystery books such as “Put Out the Light”, “Consider the Lily”, and “By Whose Hand”.


“A single conversation with a wise man [or woman] is better than years of study.”

-Chinese Proverb

Chinese Proverbs are words of wisdom from Chinese culture that have stood the test of time.


“When Spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.”

-African Proverb

African Proverbs are memorable sayings from African culture that are insightful, inspirational, and motivational.


“Whatever game you want to get into, then you have to learn it.  And then after learning it, you’ve got to try to master it.”

-Ice Cube from interview in “Bring Your ‘A’ Game”

Ice Cube is an American hip-hop artist and actor, best known for his work with rap groups “C.I.A.” and “N.W.A.” Ice cube is recognized as one of the most notable West Coast rappers for his contribution to the development of Gangsta Rap.


“Yet our best-trained, best-educated, best equipped, best prepared, troops refuse to fight. As a matter of fact it’s safe to say that they would rather switch, then fight!”

-Thomas N. Todd, Esq.

Thomas N. Todd, Esq. is an American activist and attorney. A recipient of over 500 awards and honorary degrees, Todd is recognized for his contributions of speech to the Civil Rights Movement.



“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations . . . I have built my own factory on my own ground. . . .Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come; you have to get up and make them. . . .I got my start by giving myself a start.”

-Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker was an American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist, and first woman millionaire.


“If we don’t leverage our collective economic, political, spiritual and cultural power, we can never expect to control our own destiny in this country.”

-Earl Graves

Earl Graves is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, known for founding Black Enterprise Magazine, and for working as an Executive Board member of The Boy Scouts of America.


“Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.”

-Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey is an American author and professional Speaker. He is known for his best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a self-help guide attempting to teach its audience how to come across change through constructive patterns in behavior.


“For those to whom much is given, much is expected.”

-Luke 12:48

The Gospel of Luke is the third and longest gospel of the Bible. Like the other three gospels, The Book of Luke is an account of Jesus Christ’s life and ministry through the eyes of Luke the Evangelist.

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