The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible
The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.
Writing is a legitimate way, an important way, to participate in the empowerment of the community that names me.
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.
She [my mother] gave me permission to wonder, to dawdle, to daydream.
Writing is one of the ways I participate in transformation.
Old folks are the nation.
TAKE HEART TO FLAT OUT DECIDE TO BE WELL AND STRIDE INTO THE FUTURE, SANE AND
Take away the miseries and you take away some folks' reason for living.
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?
Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
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 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. . . .
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.
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.
My responsibility to myself, my neighbors, my family and the human family is to try to tell the truth.
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.
... in a capitalist society a man is expected to be an aggressive, uncompromising, factual, lusty, intelligent provider of goods,and the woman, a retiring, gracious, emotional, intuitive, attractive consumer of goods.
(M)aybe we too busy being flowers or fairies or strawberries instead of something honest and worthy of respect . . . you know . . . like being people.
I've never been convinced that experience is linear, circular, or even random. It just is. I try to put it in some kind of order to extract meaning from it, to bring meaning to it.
I tend to agree that celibacy for a time is worth considering, for sex is dirty if all it means is winning a man, conquering a woman, beating someone out of something, abusing each other's dignity in order to prove that I am a man, I am a woman.
There are times ... when any visitor - in person, by phone, by mail - is an intruder, a burglar, a space hogger, an oxygen taker, a chaos maker, a conflict inducer, a mood chaser, and a total drag.
The story is a piece of work. The novel is a way of life.
An artist represents an oppressed people and makes revolution irresistible.
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