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Amiri Baraka

American,  Poet
Total Quotes : 42
Race Always Records

I always liked jazz. And my people liked the old blues, race records and the doo-wop and all that.

- Amiri Baraka

Stupid Thought Wanting

I guess I was the most unbohemian of all bohemians. My bohemianism consisted of not wanting to get involved with the stupid stuff that I thought people wanted you to get involved with - ... namely America... Dwight Eisenhower, McCarthyism and all those great things.

- Amiri Baraka

Rich Other Recently

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

- Amiri Baraka

Communist Reach Concerned

I came to my Marxist view as a result of having struggled as a nationalist and found certain dead ends theoretically and ideologically, as far as nationalism was concerned, and had to reach out for a communist ideology.

- Amiri Baraka

Society Impact Should

We should understand the impact that Malcolm had on the whole of American society.

- Amiri Baraka

College Been Some

I had just been in some repressive situations - the black middle-class college scene and the crazy United States Air Force - and so I just felt like getting out of that. I thought, now, that I wanted to be a writer. I had something that I wanted to do, that I was interested in doing, so I wanted to pursue that.

- Amiri Baraka

Apprenticeship Either

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

- Amiri Baraka

Country Bound Lives

America is as much a black country as a white one. The lives and destinies of the white American are bound up inextricably with those of the black American.

- Amiri Baraka

Question Became Whole

I changed my name when we became aware of the African revolution and the whole question of our African roots.

- Amiri Baraka

Kind Natural Some

It seems natural to me that as a writer, you should have some kind of, you know, there should be some kind of projection that you actually have influenced people who are closest to you.

- Amiri Baraka

Call Had Literary

I had a little portable typewriter. I call it my Harlem Literary Fellowship.

- Amiri Baraka

Name Grandfather

I was Everett LeRoi Jones. My grandfather's name was Everett.

- Amiri Baraka

University Forced Could

Howard University shocked me into realizing how desperately sick the Negro could be, how he could be led into self-destruction, and how he would not realize that it was the society that had forced him into a great sickness.

- Amiri Baraka

Tell Nine Bush

'Griot' is a French word which means, you know, really, literally, 'cry.' You know, like the town crier. You know, they come in and say, you know, 'It's nine o'clock; everything is cool.' You know, 'President Bush is a fool.' I mean, stuff like that just to tell you. But for the kind of, the African thing is called djali.

- Amiri Baraka

Over Been Air Conditioning

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

- Amiri Baraka

Revolutionary Made Mao

Mao Zedong was a revolutionary. He made a revolution.

- Amiri Baraka

Art Thought Process

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.

- Amiri Baraka

American Other Related

You can't be an American without being related to other Americans.

- Amiri Baraka

Art Think I Think

As a political artist, I think you have to learn how to create art, no matter what your ideology is.

- Amiri Baraka

Stupid Thought Wanting

My bohemianism consisted of not wanting to get involved with the stupid stuff that I thought people wanted you to get involved with... namely America... Dwight Eisenhower, McCarthyism and all those great things.

- Amiri Baraka