W. E. B. Du Bois

American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, author.


What is the origin of evil?

Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor, — all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked, — who is good? not that men are ignorant, — what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.

July 24, 2018

What is the nature of the mind?

One ever feels his twoness, -- an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose strenth alone keeps it from being torn asunder.

July 24, 2018

How do you find truth?

The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork, not simply for pay; the thinker must think for truth, not for fame.

July 24, 2018

What is the meaning of life?

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.

July 24, 2018

What is the role of evolution?

Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.

July 24, 2018

Who or what is God?

I was still a 'believer' in orthodox religion but had strong questions... I have increasingly regarded the church as an institution which defended such evils as slavery, color caste, exploitation of labor and war.

July 24, 2018

What is going to happen to humankind?

Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.

July 24, 2018

What question is missing?

The world still wants to ask that a woman primarily be pretty and if she is not, the mob pouts and asks querulously, "What else are women for?"

July 24, 2018