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  • #1
    Chris Rock
    “Yeah, I love being famous. It's almost like being white, y'know?”
    Chris Rock

  • #2
    “Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned...
    Everything is war. Me say war.
    That until the're no longer 1st class and 2nd class citizens of any nation...
    Until the color of a man's skin is of
    no more significa...nce than the color of his eyes, me say war. That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race me say war!”
    Haile Selassie

  • #3
    V.S. Naipaul
    “Look, boys, it ever strike you that the world not real at all? It ever strike you that we have the only mind in the world and you just thinking up everything else? Like me here, having the only mind in the world, and thinking up you people here, thinking up the war and all the houses and the ships and them in the harbour. That ever cross your mind?”
    V.S. Naipaul, Miguel Street

  • #4
    W.H. Auden
    “SEPTEMBER 1, 1939

    I sit in one of the dives
    On Fifty-second Street
    Uncertain and afraid
    As the clever hopes expire
    Of a low dishonest decade:
    Waves of anger and fear
    Circulate over the bright
    And darkened lands of the earth,
    Obsessing our private lives;
    The unmentionable odour of death
    Offends the September night.

    Accurate scholarship can
    Unearth the whole offence
    From Luther until now
    That has driven a culture mad,
    Find what occurred at Linz,
    What huge imago made
    A psychopathic god:
    I and the public know
    What all schoolchildren learn,
    Those to whom evil is done
    Do evil in return.

    Exiled Thucydides knew
    All that a speech can say
    About Democracy,
    And what dictators do,
    The elderly rubbish they talk
    To an apathetic grave;
    Analysed all in his book,
    The enlightenment driven away,
    The habit-forming pain,
    Mismanagement and grief:
    We must suffer them all again.

    Into this neutral air
    Where blind skyscrapers use
    Their full height to proclaim
    The strength of Collective Man,
    Each language pours its vain
    Competitive excuse:
    But who can live for long
    In an euphoric dream;
    Out of the mirror they stare,
    Imperialism's face
    And the international wrong.

    Faces along the bar
    Cling to their average day:
    The lights must never go out,
    The music must always play,
    All the conventions conspire
    To make this fort assume
    The furniture of home;
    Lest we should see where we are,
    Lost in a haunted wood,
    Children afraid of the night
    Who have never been happy or good.

    The windiest militant trash
    Important Persons shout
    Is not so crude as our wish:
    What mad Nijinsky wrote
    About Diaghilev
    Is true of the normal heart;
    For the error bred in the bone
    Of each woman and each man
    Craves what it cannot have,
    Not universal love
    But to be loved alone.

    From the conservative dark
    Into the ethical life
    The dense commuters come,
    Repeating their morning vow;
    'I will be true to the wife,
    I'll concentrate more on my work,'
    And helpless governors wake
    To resume their compulsory game:
    Who can release them now,
    Who can reach the dead,
    Who can speak for the dumb?

    All I have is a voice
    To undo the folded lie,
    The romantic lie in the brain
    Of the sensual man-in-the-street
    And the lie of Authority
    Whose buildings grope the sky:
    There is no such thing as the State
    And no one exists alone;
    Hunger allows no choice
    To the citizen or the police;
    We must love one another or die.

    Defenseless under the night
    Our world in stupor lies;
    Yet, dotted everywhere,
    Ironic points of light
    Flash out wherever the Just
    Exchange their messages:
    May I, composed like them
    Of Eros and of dust,
    Beleaguered by the same
    Negation and despair,
    Show an affirming flame.”
    W.H. Auden, Another Time

  • #5
    James McBride
    “There's such a big difference between being dead and alive, I told myself, the greatest gift that anyone can give anyone else is life. And the greatest sin a person can do to another is to take away that life. Next to that, all the rules and religions in the world are secondary; mere words and beliefs that people choose to believe and kill and hate by. My life won't be lived that way, and neither, I hope, will my children's.”
    James McBride, The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

  • #6
    Alan Paton
    “The Judge does not make the law. It is people that make the law. Therefore if a law is unjust, and if the Judge judges according to the law, that is justice, even if it is not just.”
    Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country

  • #7
    V.S. Naipaul
    “A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say “Sum!” because he could see no more. But we who lived there saw our street as a world, where everybody was quite different from everybody else. Mam-man was mad; George was stupid; Big Foot was a bully; hat was an adventurer; Popo was a philosopher; and Morgan was our comedian.”
    V.S. Naipaul, Miguel Street

  • #8
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

  • #9
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “El camino sigue y sigue
    desde la puerta.
    El camino ha ido muy lejos,
    y que otros lo sigan si pueden.
    Que ellos emprendan un nuevo viaje,
    pero yo al fin con pies fatigados
    me volveré a la taberna iluminada,
    al encuentro del sueño y el reposo.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

  • #10
    “And this is why I have concluded that although every racial, ethnic, and religious group in the United States claims to want a piece of the American dream, there is no group that apologizes more for its success than black people.”
    Lawrence Otis Graham, Our Kind of People

  • #11
    Ousmane Sembène
    “Real misfortune is not just a matter of being hungry and thirsty; it is a matter of knowing that there are people who want you to be hungry and thirsty”
    Ousmane Sembène, God's Bits of Wood

  • #12
    James McBride
    “I asked her if I was black or white. She replied "You are a human being. Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!”
    James McBride, The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

  • #13
    George R.R. Martin
    “... a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

  • #14
    “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
    Malcolm Forbes



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