Amiri Baraka
Quotations


A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.

A rich man told me recently that a liberal is a man who tells other people what to do with their money.

God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning.

If the flag of an armed enemy of the U.S. is allowed to fly over government buildings, then it implies that slavery, or at least the threat of slavery, is sanctioned by that government and can still legally exist.

There is other disturbing facts surround the hideous 911 attacks, which my family and I could see from the third floor bathroom window of our homes!

This is said to us, even as this counterfeit president has legalized the Confederate Flag in Mississippi.

Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is.

To name something is to wait for it in the place you think it will pass.

The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons.

James Brown and Frank Sinatra are two different quantities in the universe. They represent two different experiences of the world.



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