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Ishmael Reed Quotes and Sayings

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Free enterprise is not a bad idea and has produced art.
- Ishmael Reed

Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.
- Ishmael Reed

Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort
of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs.
- Ishmael Reed

I finally had to go to the American Civil Liberties
Union here in northern California to get my reply published
to what I considered to be a hatchet job done by Stanley Crouch.
- Ishmael Reed

 

I used to be a discipline problem, which caused me
embarrassment until I realized that being a discipline
problem in a racist society is sometimes an honor.
- Ishmael Reed

I'm sure that you could go back and make a graph showing
that all the killings of black males increased in times of economic difficulty.
As a matter of fact, a black man was lynched last year.
- Ishmael Reed

That kind of thing happens to black people every day in this country,
and they don't receive that kind of sentence he did,
which was to go to prison on the weekends;
I think he lectured there-an outside lecturer.
- Ishmael Reed

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Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
- Aristotle PHOTO

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

Today is your day to Spread Wing and Soar.
Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor PHOTO

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

Know the power of choice.
Fly life on free wings,
and sing to its glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

We must free ourselves of the hope
that the sea will ever rest.
We must learn to sail in high winds.
- Aristotle Onassis

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale

Live wild, life free, live as master of your own fate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation.
Live wild, life free, live as master of your own fate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
- Ram Dass

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
- The Buddha

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

Anyone is free who lives as he wishes to live.
- Epictetus

The best things in life are free.
- Anonymous

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

The really great secret - Happiness is free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I celebrate my free-will,
and choose my life-path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I celebrate my free-will.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lives based on having are less free
than lives based on doing or being.
- E.Y. Harburg

Forgiveness ... is the finishing of old business
that allows us to experience the present,
free of contamination from the past.
- Joan Borysenko

No one is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

I Make Free-Will Choices.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be free not because we claim freedom,
but because we practice it.
- William Faulkner

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

We disrespect ourselves and our free-will
whenever we say that we NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Make a conscious choice to live
a serene and stress-free life.
Stress is always waiting just outside your door
like a vicious wild-dog.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I choose to enjoy people as I enjoy a rainbow or a butterfly -
they are most beautiful when they are free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a being of free-will,
and I CHOOSE each and every action I make,
every thought I think, and every emotion I feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are free only if we face the challenge of freedom,
do the work of freedom, fight the fight of freedom
and die the death for freedom.
- Charles G. Adams

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

Each of us shares a unity with Spirit and all life,
and simultaneously each of us is an individual with free will.
There is a duality to us as separate and as part of the whole.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.
- Albert Einstein

Always question WHY you are doing something.
Is it a free-will gift or an obligation?
That which is done out of a feeling of obligation
is unworkable as a substitute for a gift.
Obligation creates a feeling of resentment on your part,
and evokes resentment rather than gratitude
on the part of the recipient.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Service to others is only noble when is is a choice
- a free-will gift.
Anything done out of a sense of obligation
or responsibility or duty becomes a burden
rather than a spiritual empowerment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am simultaneously ME - an independent BEing
of free-will and bold courage,
and ME - an integral and inseparable element
of the web of timeless creation.
I am a paradox - a duality -
and yet an entirely unified ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
- Chinese Proverb

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

Only in our dreams are we free.
The rest of the time we need wages.
- Terry Pratchett

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not to give credit to the many,
who say that none ought to be educated but the free;
but rather to the philosophers,
who say that the well-educated alone are free.
- Epictetus

I am free of prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
- W. C. Fields

I have been dairy free for several years,
and I started because I felt it was going to reduce my allergies,
which it did, and help me lose weight,
which it did.
- Fran Drescher

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that
you have too much free time.
- Doug Coupland

I was raised by free-spirited people,
though my father gave me a very strong work ethic.
- Diane Lane

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give your time and efforts freely or not at all.
When you are tempted to say,
"Oh, if I have to, I'll skip my golf game
and watch my daughter play soccer," don't do it.
Either generate the heart-felt emotion
to make the free-will gift,
"I'd love to watch your game today, Sandy,"
or the honesty to decline the request gracefully.
Martyrdom doesn't create happiness
for any of the parties involved.
An honest, "No" is preferable to a coerced "Yes."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Defect-free software does not exist.
- Wietse Venema

A mother who is really a mother is never free.
- Honore de Balzac

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled
with the entrails of the last priest.
- Denis Diderot

All men are born equally free.
- Salmon P. Chase

A big part of financial freedom is having your heart
and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.
- Suze Orman

Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial
software with the worst of free software.
- Linus Torvalds


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