Charles W. Chesnutt was born 20 June 1858, and died 15 November 1932.
- As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust.
- There’s time enough, but none to spare.
- The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.
- Sins, like chickens, come home to roost.
- Impossibilities are merely things of which we have not learned, or which we do no wish to happen.
- Those that set in motion the forces of evil cannot always control them afterwards.
- There are sordid souls that eat and drink and breed and die, and imagine they have lived.
Charles W. Chesnutt was an African-American author, essayist, political activist, and lawyer. He was known for his novels and short stories exploring issues of racial and social identity in the post-Civil War South. He wrote The Marrow of Tradition.