The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible
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.
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.
TAKE HEART TO FLAT OUT DECIDE TO BE WELL AND STRIDE INTO THE FUTURE, SANE AND
The job of the writer is to make 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.
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.
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.
The dream is real, my friends. The failure to make it work is the unreality.
She [my mother] gave me permission to wonder, to dawdle, to daydream.
Writing is one of the ways I participate in transformation.
Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
What can defeat greed, technological superiority, and legal lawlessness ... is discipline, consciousness, and unity.
An artist represents an oppressed people and makes revolution irresistible.
My mother, religious-negro, proud of having waded through a storm, is, very obviously a sturdy bridge that I have crossed over on.
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.
Reappraise the past, re-evaluate where we've been, clarify where we are, and predict or anticipate where we are headed. . . .
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.
Take away the miseries and you take away some folks' reason for living.
What is happening to the daughters of the yam? Seem like they just don't know how to draw up the powers from the deep like before. Not full sunned and sweet anymore.
Old folks are the nation.
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 only proper mask to wear in life is your own damn face.
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