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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.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: dying  year 
     
    The age is materialistic. Verse isn't. I must be with the age, so I am writing prose.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: age  writing 
     
    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.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: joy 
     
    Slight was the thing I bought, small was the debt I thought, Poor was the loan at best - God! but the interest!
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: thoughts  poor 
     
    Money is a great dignifier.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: money 
     
    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
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    Washington is the city where the big men of little towns come to be disillusioned
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: men 
     
    All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: work 
     
    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.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: time  men  world  right  gone  dog 
     
    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.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: ambition  eternity 
     
    I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    A song fluttered down in the form of a dove,And it bore me a message, the one word-Love!
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: song 
     
    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.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: people  work  living  believe 
     
    Poor conceited humanity! Interpreters of God indeed.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: poor  god 
     
    Only the rich are lonesome.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    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.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: laughter  joy  sleep  smile  tears  care 
     
    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!
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: joy  smile 
     
    With our short sight we affect to take a comprehensive view of eternity. Our horizon is the universe.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: eternity  universe 
     
    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.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    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!
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: heart  joy  prayer  heaven  wings 
     
    Hope is tenacious. It goes on living and working when science has dealt it what should be its deathblow.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: living  hope 
     
    ..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
    tags: heart  lies  human  smile 
     
    But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core.
    — Paul Laurence Dunbar
    tags: heart  prayer 
     
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