The Very Best of the Voices in My Head: The 5th and Final Side

1. “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night awake in the day to find all was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make it possible.”
-T.E. Lawrence

2. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
~ T. S. Eliot

3. “Nothing will stop you from being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”
-John Cleese⁠

4. “A word after a word after a word is power.”
— Margaret Atwood

5. “I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.”
~Zora Neale Hurston

6. “Art is long and life is short, and success is very far off. A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.”
―Joseph Conrad 

7. “I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know”
—Rainer Maria Rilke,  from “I Am Too Much Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone”

8. “Whatever the source of your name, I kiss you in that place.”
-Clark Coolidge, Letters

9. “I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
— Gustave Flaubert

We are the Curators of Our Own Lives Pt7

The Very Best of the Voices in My Head Side 4

1. “A writer’s heart, a poet’s heart, an artist’s heart, a musician’s heart is always breaking. It is through that broken window that we see the world…”
~ Alice Walker

2. “If you are what you do, and not what you say you are, then the definition of what “American” would mean would be very different. Right now, gun regulation is not something that we’re very serious about, so we allow people to go and shoot up our schools. That’s American. If you look at what’s going on at our border right now—the handling of people who are seeking asylum in the country—that’s American. If you look at what happened with slavery: That’s American. You know, African Americans—what a beautiful, forgiving culture we are. And we are still gunned down. That is American. But we turn a blind eye to these things as Americans…(later) I wish the synonym for American was humane. It’s not currently.”
– Pharrell, GQ

3. “Not this man,’ said Simple. ‘I would have stayed in that garden making grape wine, singing like Crosby, and feeling fine! I would not be scuffling out in this rough world, neither would I be in Harlem. If I was Adam I would just stay in Eden in that garden with no rent to pay, no landladies to dodge, no time clock to punch — and my picture on a Sunday school card. I’d be a real gone guy even if I didn’t have but one name — Adam — and no initials.”
-from “Simple Speaks His Mind”,  Langston Hughes

4. “Song For A Dark Girl” by Langston Hughes

Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
They hung my black young lover
To a cross roads tree.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Bruised body high in air)
I asked the white Lord Jesus
What was the use of prayer.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
Love is a naked shadow
On a gnarled and naked tree.

5. “For the people that paid their hard earned money to come into the disco techs, I don’t think it is totally fair, really, to just start a record from the beginning and wait for it to end to mix the next one in. I mean, you’re not doing no work. If you are going to do work, do work.”   -Grand Master Flash (1983)

6. Leaves dance on that
Unmarked grave
Where we all end up

Though we never
Hear the song,
We do feel the wind

-mallory rowe

7. “If your goal is to live a good life, submit your reality to the blunt truths of ethics.”
-Stephen C.  Rose

8. “Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them.”
~ Annette Messanger

We are the Curators of Our Own Lives Pt6

The Very Best of the Voices in My Head Side 2

1. “Bad Morning” by Langston Hughes

Here I sit
With my shoes mismated.
I’s frustrated!


From the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was hailed as the poet laureate of Black America. The first to commemorate the experience of African-Americans in a voice that no reader, black or white, could fail to hear, lyrical and pungent, passionate and polemical.

2. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
-Albert Einstein

3. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
– Jim Rohn

4. “There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”
–Thomas Chalkley, in his “Works” (1713)

5. “No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. “
~ Nietzsche

6. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
— J.K. Rowling

7. “God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.” -Voltaire

8. “I have nature and art and poetry,
and if that is not enough,
what is enough?”
– Vincent Van Gogh

9. Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not their own:
they will be enslaved and mistreated 400 Years.”
– Genesis 15:13

11. “What you cannot see during the day, you will not see at night.”
~ African Proverb

12. On Classism in Black America:

“Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga…still nigga!”
– Jay Z

“History Lesson (according to Dion Steele): Nigga is the Black pronunciation of the word Nigger which derived from the Southern White Racists mispronunciation of the Portuguese and Spanish word Negro which connotes Black or Darkness from its Latin form Necro which was associated with Death which during ancient times was associated with Darkness because symbolically the Light of the Sun would go out in West which is why the Ancient Africans of Kemet (which means Black Land or Land of the Black) buried their dead in the west where the sun set to be with their God who was depicted as Black representing the Darkness of the Universe the Blackness of the Fertile Ground and in whose image and from whose soil we were made…Black!”

13. “We do not know until the shell breaks what kind of egg we have been sitting on.”
~ T. S. Eliot

14. “As I expected, the bourgeoning revolutionary standing in front of me failed to see the wisdom in ignoring one’s opponents and dedicating oneself to a proactive regimen. Like so many others, he failed to comprehend what the agreed upon statement that “no one is coming to save Black America” really means. He didn’t comprehend that this assertion means that the onus was on modern-day race men and race women to build independent black educational institutions, develop an entrepreneurial class whose goals are undergirded by a philosophy of socially responsible individualism, and work to establish a cultural framework that served Black America’s best interests.”
– James Jones