In observance of February as Black History Month, OptimalThinking.com proudly salutes African-AmericanOptimal Thinkerswho have risen above slavery, poverty, and degradation. You are inspiring the disadvantaged in every nation.
"The time is always right to do what is right." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and
justice and prosperity for all people." Rosa Parks
"Our common goal is to obtain the human rights that America has been denying us. We can never get civil rights in America until our human rights are first restored." Malcolm X
"Success is not assured, but America is resolute: this is the best chance for peace we are likely to see for some years to come - and we are acting to help Israelis and Palestinians seize this chance. Condaleeza Rice
"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress." Barack Obama
"In America, with education and hard work, it really does not matter where you came from;
it matters only where you are going." Condoleeza Rice
"We went to Chairman Arafat. I looked at him across his table. Said,
'Mr. Chairman, do your very best to give seven days of quiet so we can get going.'" Colin Powell
"I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds.
As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet." Jesse Louis Jackson
"We simply wanted to do the best we could for a movie....
All we could do is show our best hand and wait for the results." Jamie Foxx
"Life has taught me to just be the best I can be." Denzel Washington
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"Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that's in us." Angela Bassett
"In anything I do, I want to be the best." Will Smith
"The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work." Michael Jackson
"Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children." Bill Cosby
"We have to create a vision, make choices based on what moves us most swiftly toward our goals,
and go after them with determination and single - mindedness. And whenever you encounter a
problem, no matter how insurmountable it might seem, there is one simple response that
should be ingrained in your behavior: Never give up." Stedman Graham
"You must be willing to give total unconditional love to everyone, under all circumstances.
That means being willing to be totally responsible for what you do and how you do it." Iyanla Vanzant
"A problem is a chance for you to do your best." Duke Ellington
"When I get a contract with a network I have paid my dues and I have worked to get it,
and they know that they're going to get for their dollar, the best that I have to offer.
I'll give it the best. No 'Catch your later.'" Sammy Davis Jr.
"I promised him, and I promised my wife and son, that I would try my best,
and I'm trying my best." Quincy Jones
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"All these guys who are very competitive... They're going to draw the best talent out of you each and every night, every time you face them.
That's what I thrive on. That's what I look forward to." Michael Jordan
"I'm just going to take time off and just hang out with my children,
just chill out, go out, meet all the best foot doctors in the world,
then I'll make the best decision possible." Shaquille O'Neil
"I am the greatest." Mohammad Ali
There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America - there's the United States of America." Barack Obama
"Go in there and do the best you can. That's all you can do." Tiger Woods
"I think going to college for that one year was probably the best thing I have ever done." Carmelo Anthony
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues; because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." Maya Angelou
"From the first, I made my learning, what little it was, useful every way I could." Mary McLoud Bethune
"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." Stevie Wonder
"My biggest resource is my mind." Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
"I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived." Will Smith
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