The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible
Words are to be taken seriously. I try to take seriously acts of language. Words set things in motion. I've seen them doing it. Words set up atmospheres, electrical fields, charges.
Writing is a legitimate way, an important way, to participate in the empowerment of the community that names me.
The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.
TAKE HEART TO FLAT OUT DECIDE TO BE WELL AND STRIDE INTO THE FUTURE, SANE AND
Write a lot and hit the streets. A writer who doesn't keep up with what's out there ain't gonna be out there.
Revolution begins with the self, in the self.... We'd better take the time to fashion revolutionary selves, revolutionary lives, revolutionary relationships. Mouth don't win the war.
She [my mother] gave me permission to wonder, to dawdle, to daydream.
Writing is one of the ways I participate in transformation.
An artist represents an oppressed people and makes revolution irresistible.
For people sometimes believed that it was safer to live with complaints,
was necessary to cooperate with grief, was all right to become an accomplice in self-ambush...
Take heart to flat out decide to be well and stride into the future sane and whole.
Old folks are the nation.
Our lives preserved. How it was; and how it be. Passing it along in the relay. That is what I work to do: to produce stories that save our lives.
Take away the miseries and you take away some folks' reason for living.
Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
What can defeat greed, technological superiority, and legal lawlessness ... is discipline, consciousness, and unity.
When we ever invited the beast to dinner he didn't come in and swipe the napkins and start taking notes on the tablecloth 'bout how to take over the whole house?
The dream is real, my friends. The failure to make it work is the unreality.
My mother, religious-negro, proud of having waded through a storm, is, very obviously a sturdy bridge that I have crossed over on.
Reappraise the past, re-evaluate where we've been, clarify where we are, and predict or anticipate where we are headed. . . .
When you dream, you dialogue with aspects of yourself that normally are not with you in the daytime and you discover that you know a great deal more than you thought you did.
All writers, musicians, artists, choreographers/dancers, etc., work with the stuff of their experiences. It's the translation of it, the conversion of it, the shaping of it that makes for the drama.
My responsibility to myself, my neighbors, my family and the human family is to try to tell the truth.
People have to be given permission to write, and they have to be given space to breathe and stumble. They have to be given time to develop and to reveal what they can do.
I try to live [the Golden Rule] and I certainly expect it of some particular others. But I'll be damned if I want most folk out there to do unto me what they do unto themselves.
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