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Barbara Smith Quotes

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Black women as a group have never been fools.
We couldn't afford to be.
- Barbara Smith

Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living.
It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built.
Where trust is, love can flourish.
- Barbara Smith

You can only paint through your experience and sub-consciousness.
- Barbara Smith

Black women, whose experience is unique,
are seldom recognized as a particular social-cultural
entity and are seldom thought to be important enough
for serious scholarly consideration.
- Barbara Smith

 

One of the greatest gifts of Black feminism to ourselves
has been to make it a little easier simply to be Black and female.
- Barbara Smith

This invisibility, however, means that the opportunities
for creative research are infinite.
- Barbara Smith

A major problem for Black women, and all people of color,
when we are challenged to oppose anti-Semitism,
is our profound scepticism that white people can actually be oppressed.
- Barbara Smith

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Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wasn't always black...
there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
- Bill Cosby

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as
it is white is not all that's beautiful.
- Bill Cosby

A person is smart. People are dumb,
panicky dangerous animals and you know it.
Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew
the Earth was the center of the universe.
Five hundred years ago,
everybody knew the Earth was flat,
and fifteen minutes ago,
you knew that humans were alone on this planet.
Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.
- the movie Men in Black

Hockey is a sport for white men.
Basketball is a sport for black men.
Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.
- Tiger Woods

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Bricks to all greenhouses!
Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
- Edward Abbey

It was a black and white only computer at the time,
but it kept me fascinated.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

Do not call for black power or green power.
Call for brain power.
- Barbara Jordan

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark
cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
- Robert A. Heinlein

You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out
there is white and the best golfer is black.
- Charles Barkley

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

If you want to make beautiful music,
you must play the black and the white notes together.
- Richard M. Nixon

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice.
Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts,
but I never noticed.
- B. B. King

I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing,
whether it comes from a black man or a white man.
- Nelson Mandela

We are all one whether we dine on corned beef in New York City,
black-eyed peas and cornbread in rural Louisiana,
or roast guinea pig in Peru.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I cured with the power that came through me.
- Black Elk

I had explained that a woman's asking for equality
in the church would be comparable to a black person's
demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
- Mary Daly

George Bush doesn't care about black people.
- Kanye West

I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa;
there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there.
- Marcus Garvey

Terrorism is not new to black people.
- Vernon Jordan

I'm not just gonna go after the black Jesse Jackson
they all want to make fun of,
but I know the wrong people are gonna laugh at that.
I don't want to play to that crowd.
I don't.
- Chris Matthews

My kitchen linoleum is so black and shiny that I waltz
while I wait for the kettle to boil.
This pleasure is for the old who live alone.
- Florida Scott-Maxwell

Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero.
He is an American hero.
- Morgan Freeman

But I know that the vote of 9 out of 10 black Americans
for the Democratic Party or for leftist kinds of policies
just is not reflective of their opinions.
- Clarence Thomas

The first black president will be a politician who is black.
- Doug Wilder

Even in today's opera world, the position of the black tenor is problematic.
- Bobby Short

Black people have always been used as a buffer in this
country between powers to prevent class war.
- Toni Morrison

Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel,
sweet as love.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Legitimate revolution must be led by,
made by those who have been most oppressed:
black,
brown, yellow, red, and white women-with men relating
to that the best they can.
- Robin Morgan

Black beauty - he's a dark horse.
- Tim Vine

No one really gets rich doing this.
A couple people do, Black Sabbath does.
We don't sell any records anymore.
- Thurston Moore

Working with Benny was important for me and for black musicians in general.
- Lionel Hampton

Invention flags, his brain goes muddy,
and black despair succeeds brown study.
- William Congreve

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed.
And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink,
the facts printed in black ink.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

There are no black people in Iraq, so how will they know who to shoot at?
- Greg Giraldo

I've always been very image prone, along the lines
of bands like Black Sabbath and even Devo.
- Peter Steele

The draft is white people sending black people to fight
yellow people to protect the country they stole from red people.
- James Rado

I made my way on to a grey list, a black list even.
That's something I'm very proud of, actually.
- Elmer Bernstein

Arthur Ashe had been the first black athlete to play
Johannesburg at the time of apartheid.
- Yannick Noah

I remember how being young and black and gay and lonely felt.
A lot of it was fine, feeling I had the truth and the light and the key,
but a lot of it was purely hell.
- Audre Lorde

Did people think I sounded black? Totally,
but that was a marketing tool as well,
but also this is how I grew up and these are my influences.
- Taylor Dayne

I have reached a state in life where I can buy a whole
house full of chairs and can bump into them until they are black and blue.
- Mercedes McCambridge

I love...
anything in black and white.
Just put it on the TV, I'll watch.
- Anna Chlumsky

The deals that were made for Black artists at that
time were not the deals that were made for white artists.
- Solomon Burke

I was very young at the time, and I mainly appreciated their vocal qualities,
even though I was already living as they did -
as black performers in a white world.
- Bobby Short

Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black,
over our heads scarcely gray.
- Jean Paul

We're not as materialistic and income-tax conscious as we think.
At the moment our superstitions are tucked away,
but come out sometimes in strange ways sex crimes,
black masses.
- Terence Fisher

Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice,
golden sunsets and black storms.
I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word.
- Laurence Olivier

In 1980, I moved to Chicago, and I recorded demo tapes for my friends' bands,
and in 1981, the first Big Black record -
the first thing I did that was an actual record.
- Steve Albini

All has been looted, betrayed, sold;
black death's wing flashed ahead.
- Anna Akhmatova

I'm always annoyed about why black people have to bear
the brunt of everybody else's contempt.
If we are not totally understanding and smiling,
suddenly we're demons.
- Toni Morrison

Progress for black Americans depends on good schools
because education is the last great equalizer.
- Alphonso Jackson

Some of the free lunch programs were still goin' on -
based on the last leg of the Black Panther Party.
- Kool Moe Dee

You are young, gifted, and Black.
We must begin to tell our young, There's a world waiting for you,
Yours is the quest that's just begun.
- James Weldon Johnson

So black people all across this country are uniting.
They must unite, and they must organize themselves.
- H. Rap Brown

They're keeping friction going between people from the East and the West.
One thing we all got in common is your color,
which is Black and Latino, which is our family.
- Afrika Bambaataa

Who's the new Ramones, who's the new Guns 'N Roses,
who's the new Motley Crue, who's the new Black Sabbath? They're coming,
they're on the street, they're 16, 17 years old.
- Nikki Sixx

Audiences in London called me the girl with the black cherry eyes.
- Maureen O'Hara

I don't stand for the black man's side,
I don' t stand for the white man's side.
I stand for God's side.
- Bob Marley

My identity is very clear to me now,
I am a black woman.
- Lena Horne

One puts on black robes to scare the hell out of white people,
while the other puts on white robes to scare the hell out of blacks.
- Mo Udall

I think that black Africa is extremely terrifying.
Black Africa can become a maelstrom of warring tribes
without the outside world needing to feel the need to do anything about it.
- John Keegan


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