..we wear the mask that grins and lies, it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes- this debt we pay to human guile; with torn and bleeding hearts we smile.

— Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Hope is tenacious. It goes on living and working when science has dealt it what should be its deathblow.

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I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,- When he beats his bars and would be free; It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core, But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings- I know why the caged bird sings!

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With our short sight we affect to take a comprehensive view of eternity.

Our horizon is the universe.

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I hope there is something worthy in my writings and not merely the novelty of a black face associated with the power to rhyme that has attracted attention.

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Only the rich are lonesome.

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Poor conceited humanity! Interpreters of God indeed.

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I know what the caged bird feels, alas!

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All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.

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We reduce the deity to vulgar fractions.

We place our own little ambitions and label them ?divine messages?. With our short sight we affect to take a comprehensive view of eternity.

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A song fluttered down in the form of a dove, And it bore me a message, the one word-Love!

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We wear the mask that grins and lies.

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What Joe Hamilton lacked more than anything else in the world was some one to kick him. Many a man who might have lived decently and become a fairly respectable citizen has gone to the dogs for the want of some one to administer a good resounding kick at the right time. It is corrective and clarifying.

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About Paul Laurence Dunbar

Quotes 26 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

Washington is the city where the big men of little towns come to be disillusioned

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This, this indeed is to be accursed, For if we mortals love, or if we sing, We count our joys not by what we have, But by what kept us from that perfect thing.

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Slight was the thing I bought, small was the debt I thought, Poor was the loan at best - God! but the interest!

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Oh, how with more than dreams the soul is torn, ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes.

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The age is materialistic. Verse isn't. I must be with the age, so I am writing prose.

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It's all a farce, - these tales they tell About the breezes sighing, And moans astir o'er field and dell, Because the year is dying.

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You are sweet, O Love, dear Love,You are soft as the nesting dove.

Come to my heart and bring it restAs the bird flies home to its welcome nest.

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But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core.

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Taking it all in all and after all, negro life in Washington is a promise rather than a fulfillment. But it is worthy of note for the really excellent things which are promised

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People are taking it for granted that [the Negro] ought not to work with his head. And it is so easy for these people among whom we are living to believe this; it flatters and satisfies their self-complacency.

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Money is a great dignifier.

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A minute to smile and an hour to weep in, A pint of joy to a peck of trouble, And never a laugh but the moans come double; And that is life!

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A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in.

A minute to smile and an hour to weep in. A pint of joy to a peck of trouble, And never a laugh but the moans come double. And that is life. A crust and a corner that makes love precious, With a smile to warm and tears to refresh us, And joy seems sweeter when cares come after, And a moan is the finest of foils for laughter. And that is life.

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