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Angela Davis Quotes and Sayings

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To understand how any society functions you must understand
the relationship between the men and the women.
- Angela Davis

Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would
have likely been abolished in America.
Slavery became a haven for the death penalty.
- Angela Davis

Well for one, the 13th amendment to the constitution
of the US which abolished slavery -
did not abolish slavery for those convicted of a crime.
- Angela Davis

Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon,
but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.
- Angela Davis

 

The campaign against the death penalty has been -
while a powerful campaign,
its participants have been those who attend all of the vigils,
a relatively small number of people.
- Angela Davis

What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.
- Angela Davis

We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.
- Angela Davis

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Well of course there's been a great deal of progress over the last 40 years.
We don't have laws that segregate black people within the society any longer.
- Angela Davis

Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings,
to convert the population into specimens in a zoo -
obedient to our keepers,
but dangerous to each other.
- Angela Davis

But at the same time you can't assume that making a
difference 20 years ago is going to allow you to sort
of live on the laurels of those victories for the rest of your life.
- Angela Davis

We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
- Angela Davis

Radical simply means "grasping things at the root."
- Angela Davis

Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the
wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying
Black workers less for their work.
- Angela Davis

First of all, I didn't suggest that we should simply get rid of all prisons.
- Angela Davis

I decided to teach because I think that any person
who studies philosophy has to be involved actively.
- Angela Davis

I'm involved in the work around prison rights in general.
- Angela Davis

Well, we see an increasingly weaker labor movement
as a result of the overall assault on the labor movement
and as a result of the globalization of capital.
- Angela Davis

When Bush says democracy, I often wonder what he's referring to.
- Angela Davis

You can never stop and as older people,
we have to learn how to take leadership from the youth
and I guess I would say that this is what I'm attempting to do right now.
- Angela Davis

What I think is different today is the lack of political
connection between the black middle class and the increasing
numbers of black people who are more impoverished than ever before.
- Angela Davis

The work of the political activist inevitably involves
a certain tension between the requirement that position
be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire
that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.
- Angela Davis

I think that has to do with my awareness that in a
sense we all have a certain measure of responsibility
to those who have made it possible for us to take advantage of the opportunities.
- Angela Davis

That's true but I think the contemporary problem that
we are facing increasing numbers of black people and
other people of color being thrown into a status that
involves work in alternative economies and increasing
numbers of people who are incarcerated.
- Angela Davis

And I guess what I would say is that we can't think
narrowly about movements for black liberation and we
can't necessarily see this class division as simply
a product or a certain strategy that black movements
have developed for liberation.
- Angela Davis

It's true that it's within the realm of cultural politics
that young people tend to work through political issues,
which I think is good, although it's not going to solve the problems.
- Angela Davis

As soon as my trial was over, we tried to use the energy
that had developed around my case to create another organization,
which we called the National Alliance against Racist
and Political Repression.
- Angela Davis

Now, if we look at the way in which the labor movement
itself has evolved over the last couple of decades,
we see increasing numbers of black people who are in
the leadership of the labor movement and this is true today.
- Angela Davis

I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely
because it allows you to give back and to consider
yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved
whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement.
- Angela Davis

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey PHOTO

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
- Chinese proverb

We shall see but a little way if
we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
- Marie Curie

The world is incomprehensible.
We won't ever understand it;
we won't ever unravel its secrets.
Thus we must treat the world as it is:
a sheer mystery.
- Carlos Castaneda

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

You do ill if you praise, but worse
if you censure, what you do not understand.
- Leonardo da Vinci

We are all different - and we are all one.
Take time to understand, and to appreciate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you understand, things are just as they are;
if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
- Zen Proverb

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- Lao Tzu

Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis
of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong

I can't understand why people
are frightened by new ideas.
I'm frightened of old ones.
- John Cage

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize
how little we understand about life,
ourselves, and the world around us.
- Socrates

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
- Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand
my complaint about them not understanding me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

It is necessary for us to understand that
the only Active Principle is Spirit.
- Ernest Holmes

Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship
is to understand and to be understood.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Understand that the right to
choose your own path
is a sacred privilege.
Use it.
Dwell in possibility.
- Oprah Winfrey

Every decision you make - every decision -
is not a decision about what to do.
It's a decision about Who You Are.
When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes.
You begin to see life in a new way.
All events, occurrences, and situations
turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do.
- Neale Donald Walsch

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand,
while imagination embraces the entire world,
and all there ever will be to know and understand.
- Albert Einstein

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand
that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Taoists understand that both the mind and the body
are mere tools of the Spirit,
and that intention creates physical reality.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Understand the difference between "failing,"
which each of us does often,
and "being a failure,"
which is a state of mind no one should
ever allow themself to fall into.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God is not what you imagine
or what you think you understand.
If you understand you have failed.
- Saint Augustine

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If one does not understand a person,
one tends to regard him as a fool.
- Carl Jung

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand,
Rejoice, for your soul is alive.
- Eleanora Duse

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid


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