quote by J. Frank Dobie

A man from Iowa or Illinois will say 'I'm from the Middle West'..a Georgian or a Mississipian may admit to being merely a Southerner...but no Texan, given the opportunity, ever said otherwise than 'I'm from Texas'.

— J. Frank Dobie

Devotion Being Me quotations

Whatever an individual chooses to do with themselves, long as it doesn't affect me and they're respectful with it, I don't care what they do. Because I'm not perfect and I have flaws, so who would I be to be judgmental?

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.

I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.


Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.

Whenever you want to see me, always look at the sunset; I will be there.

My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people;

on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.

Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me.

All the women want to be with me, all the men want to be like me.


I do not consecrate myself to be a missionary or a preacher.

I consecrate myself to God to do His will where I am, be it in school, office, or kitchen, or wherever He may, in His wisdom, send me.

Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road.

Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me.

Let me be candid, my party is full of racists

Last night I begged the Wise One to tell me the secret of the world.

Gently, gently, he whispered, "Be quiet, the secret cannot be spoken, It is wrapped in silence."

Race? It is a feeling, not a reality.

Ninety-five per cent, at least. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today.... National pride has no need of the delirium of race.


If I could take your troubles I would toss them into the sea, But all these things I'm finding Are impossible for me. I cannot build a mountain Or catch a rainbow fair, But let me be what I know best, A friend that is always there.

I do not want to be controlled by any superpower.

I myself consider myself the most powerful figure in the world, and that is why I do not let any superpower control me.

Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.

If something sucks, I've always been completely vocal about it, and I've been punished many, many times because of that. But I don't think I'd be in the spot I'm in right now if I wasn't me. I've always just been me.

My main goal in life is to just be happy.

I don't compromise my happiness for anything. If I find what makes me happy I'm going to do that. That's really going with the flow of life. As far as like the mainstream stuff, if my destiny takes me there and I end up going that route, then that's fine.


Just let me be me, That's the only way I know.

I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells.

For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be one.

People tell me judge not lest ye be judged.

I always tell them, twist not scripture lest ye be like satan

Everybody should be able to enjoy their life, because you only live once.

So I just want to get it all out there and be the best role model that I can be, if people want to put me in that kind of predicament. I mean, I didn't ask to be a role model, because I'm not perfect.

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.


I am above eighty years old; it is about time for me to be going. I have been forty years a slave and forty years free and would be here forty years more to have equal rights for all.

For me, I'm focused on what I want to do.

I know what I need to do to be a champion, so I'm working on it.

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.

I'm gonna kick your teeth so far down your throat you'll be able to chew your own ass out for pissin' me off.

To be very honest, I cannot drape a saree myself.

I have never draped one on my own, ever. But it has been done on me so many times, that now I have memorised all the steps, and if someone challenges me, I will surely be able to do it.


Once I looked in the mirror and decided this is who I am, and I'm not scared of who I am, and I'm not scared that I can't be like you, and I'm good with just doing me, that's when I found myself, as a man.

My body is very different from most of the dancers I dance with.

My hair is different than most I dance with. But I didn't let that stop me. Black girls rock and can be ballerinas.

The day I am not able to fly will be a sad day for me.

Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.

If I have to die tonight,if this weight is going to kill me tonight,so be it! I am dying where I wanna be