Random Quotes Including: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Noam Chomsky, James Baldwin, Sylvia Plath, And More)

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“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

“I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

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“The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history.”
-Noam Chomsky-

“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state”.
-Noam Chomsky-

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“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.”
-James Baldwin-

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”
– James Baldwin-

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time”.
James A. Baldwin

“Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn’t have it and thought of other things if you did”.
James A. Baldwin

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I am inhabited by a cry.
Nightly it flaps out
Looking, with its hooks, for something to love.
I am terrified by this dark thing
That sleeps in me;
All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.
-Sylvia Plath-

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“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers ”
-Khalil Gibran-

“Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms”
-Khalil Gibran-

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“Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist”
-George Carlin –

“Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town”
-George Carlin –

“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls”
-George Carlin –

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“I switched my motto — instead of sayin fuck tomorrow
That buck that bought a bottle could’ve struck the lotto”
-Nas-

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“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.”
-Janis Joplin-

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“I’m not afraid to say I’m at war with the pigs.”
-Fred Hampton-

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***Caged Bird***
-Maya Angelou-

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

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