I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Do not slave holders wish to make the black man other kind? – Animals with affections, imitation, fear of death, pain, sorrow for the dead. – Respect.
Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid. Ain’t nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.
You entertain people who are satisfied. Hungry people can’t be entertained – or people who are afraid. You can’t entertain a man who has no food.
What was important – that they punished if you’re innocent, because that puts everybody, you know, puts fear in everybody.