By the Light of the Kinara: Kwanzaa Quotes

Most people have heard the word Kwanzaa and know it refers to a holiday created in the 1960s to celebrate the African-American community. However, they often don’t know the details of the holiday or how inspirational it is to both those who celebrate it and those who are exposed to its light. Today, we’ve gathered some inspirational Kwanzaa quotes for those who celebrate this special holiday and those who want to know more about it.

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out. – James Baldwin

You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it. – Faith Baldwin

A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s. – Richard Whately

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. – Herman Melville

We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break. – Marquise de Sévigné

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith makes the discords of the present the harmonies of the future. – Robert Collyer

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

For Africa to me . . . is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. – Maya Angelou

“I must do something” always solves more problems than “Something must be done.” – Anonymous

The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ­– William James

We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves. –Langston Hughes

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