Excerpts. 9

“You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People cannot change who you are and what you were born to be. They can create obstacles in your path. They can do things that make you believe you are other than what you are, but people cannot change, alter, or in any way hinder the truth of your being. The truth is you are divine.”
–Iyanla Vanzant

“Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.”
-Jim Morrison

“I did not come here of my own accord,and I can not leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.”
~ Rumi

“I need silence, and to be alone and to go out, and to save one hour to consider what has happened to my world.”
― Virginia Woolf, “The Waves”

“We must understand the politics of our community and we must know what politics is supposed to produce. We must know what part politics play in our lives. And until we become politically mature we will always be mislead, lead astray, or deceived or maneuvered into supporting someone politically who doesn’t have the good of our community at heart.”
– Malcolm X

“Look past the garbage, over the trains,/
Under the ruins, through the remains,/
Around the crime and pollution,
And tell me…where I fit in?”
-Grandmaster Caz from 1983’s Wild Style

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
—Joseph Addison

“Every night he’d be right there with me. We’d stay there, we’d party there, drink gin. He’d sit around and watch me play; he’d be right there every night, and we’d be playing guitars in the hotel. I don’t know what he got from me, but he must’ve got something.”
-John Lee Hooker, commenting about Bob Dylan

“Myths are stories about people who become too big for their lives temporarily, so that they crash into other lives or brush against gods. In crisis their souls are visible.”
~Anne Carson

“We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”
~ El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz aka Malcolm X

Compiled by AfroDamus Jonze in collaboration with the WordSoundPower Collective.

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