But I must own that I also felt stirred by an unselfish desire to voice all the joys and sorrows, the hopes and ambitions, of the American Negro, in classic musical form.
As yet, the Negroes themselves do not fully appreciate these old slave songs.
In Berlin I especially enjoyed the orchestral concerts, and I attended a large number of them. I formed the acquaintance of a good many musicians, several of whom spoke of my playing in high terms.
The peculiar fascination which the South held over my imagination and my limited capital decided me in favor of Atlanta University; so about the last of September I bade farewell to the friends and scenes of my boyhood and boarded a train for the South.
There are a great many colored people who are ashamed of the cake-walk, but I think they ought to be proud of it.
Northern white people love the Negro in a sort of abstract way, as a race; through a sense of justice, charity, and philanthropy, they will liberally assist in his elevation.
Americans are immensely popular in Paris; and this is not due solely to the fact that they spend lots of money there, for they spend just as much or more in London, and in the latter city they are merely tolerated because they do spend.
Labor is the fabled magician’s wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune.
…one of the best things about running is that no matter how fast you’ve run in the past, running fast in the future does not come easily or with any guarantees.
And so for a couple of years my life was divided between my music and my school books.
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered.
O Black and unknown bards of long ago, How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?