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June Jordan Quotes and Sayings

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In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see,
each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep,
serious way.
- June Jordan

Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.
- June Jordan

The music of language became extremely important to me,
and obvious to me.
By the time I was seven I was writing myself.
I was a poet.
- June Jordan

My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top.
He was my hero and my tyrant.
- June Jordan

 

The first function of poetry is to tell the truth,
to learn how to do that, to find out what you really
feel and what you really think.
- June Jordan

It means to educate myself incessantly about the world around me.
- June Jordan

But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers,
I started going on freedom rides in 1966.
- June Jordan

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I think I have come to a place where I'm able to feel
more comfortable about being honest.
- June Jordan

To tell the truth is to become beautiful,
to begin to love yourself, value yourself.
And that's political, in its most profound way.
- June Jordan

CORE was committed to nonviolence, but I was not.
- June Jordan

We do not deride the fears of prospering white America.
A nation of violence and private property has every
reason to dread the violated and the deprived.
- June Jordan

That attitude that fighting is probably not fair,
but you have to defend yourself anyway and damage the enemy,
has been profoundly consequential as far as my political activism goes.
- June Jordan

Consequently, most of us really exist at the mercy
of other people's formulations of what's important.
- June Jordan

Bisexuality means I am free and I am as likely to want
to love a woman as I am likely to want to love a man,
and what about that? Isn't that what freedom implies?
- June Jordan

There are two ways to worry words.
One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created.
The other is to tell the truth.
- June Jordan

Language is political.
That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister,
that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird,
lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing
habits that the schools lay down like holy law.
- June Jordan

The courts cannot garnish a father's salary,
nor freeze his account, nor seize his property on behalf of his children,
in our society.
Apparently this is because a kid is not a car or a couch or a boat.
- June Jordan

One of the reasons I came to Berkeley was because I
saw so many students of all different colors speaking
so many different languages and ferociously presenting
all these different views.
I thought, this is the 21st century and I want to be here!
- June Jordan

My father was both the person who gave me reason to
learn how to fight and the one who taught me the basics of fighting.
He would tell me that if it was a big fight,
it would probably be uneven, it wouldn't be fair.
- June Jordan

I wrote those poems for myself, as a way of being a
soldier here in this country.
I didn't know the poems would travel.
I didn't go to Lebanon until two years ago,
but people told me that many Arabs had memorized these
poems and translated them into Arabic.
- June Jordan

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much
the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black:
it means that I must undertake to love myself and to
respect myself as though my very life depends upon
self-love and self-respect.
- June Jordan

So, poetry becomes a means for useful dialogue between
people who are not only unknown,
but mute to each other.
It produces a dialogue among people that guards all
of us against manipulation by our so-called leaders.
- June Jordan

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Change is the essential process of all existence.
- Spock character in Star Trek

True love is a process of co-creation
in which neither feels ownership or superiority.
Jealousy is a highly destructive force
for love and relationships.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make,
both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control
the process of choosing, you can take control
of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom
that comes from being in charge of yourself.
- Robert Foster Bennett

The most difficult thing is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity.
The fears are paper tigers.
You can do anything you decide to do.
You can act to change and control your life;
and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
- Amelia Earhart

The process of scientific discovery is,
in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
- Albert Einstein

We are born princes, and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
- Publilius Syrus

What usually happens in the educational process is
that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed
and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature
they have lost their innate capabilities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process,
gradually changing opinions,
slowly eroding old barriers,
quietly building new structures.
- John F. Kennedy

Life is a process of becoming,
a combination of states we have to go through.
Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state
and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- Anais Nin

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss.
It is originally an unlearned feeling process.
Keeping grief inside increases your pain.
- Anne Grant

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others,
to bring them into the process.
- Jim Hodges

Education is a social process.
Education is growth.
Education is, not a preparation for life;
education is life itself.
- John Dewey

My hand is the extension of the thinking process -
the creative process.
- Tadao Ando

Once you have seen the truth
you must make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to.
This requires you to take action.
If you are attached to your pain, resentment,
and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions,
this will be a difficult step for you.
Taking action requires letting go of the very thing
you have been holding on to for so many years.
There is comfort in what we find familiar,
even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.
The pain and suffering itself becomes the familiarity we seek.
It takes absolute faith in yourself
plus courage, will, and discipline to let go.
But once you let go, it will be as if
the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders.
In this process it is important to forgive
not just the others in our lives, but also ourselves.
For most people, giving ourselves
the gift of forgiveness is very challenging.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president,
but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
- John F. Kennedy

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts;
wisdom lies in their simplification.
- Martin Fischer

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue
by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed -
it is a process of elimination.
- Elbert Hubbard

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

Learning is the beginning of wealth.
Learning is the beginning of health.
Learning is the beginning of spirituality.
Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
- Jim Rohn

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you
never get the urge to throw a snowball.
- Doug Larson

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process,
a sort of mental starch.
- E. M. Forster

I think growing up is difficult and it's a process
that I'm always interested in,
with kids and adults, they are often on two different universes.
- Alice Hoffman

In this life and death case, I felt Mrs.
Schiavo should receive the fullest due process from our legal system.
- Paul Gillmor

The process by which banks create money is so simple
that the mind is repelled.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

It is a process of finding the right music then planning
a costume to fit that style of music.
- Nancy Kerrigan

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion -
it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
- Billy Graham

No Arab ruler will consider the peace process seriously
so long as he is able to toy with the idea of achieving
more by the way of violence.
- Yitzhak Rabin

Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have
felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.
- Anthony Powell

I don't think you can ever do your best.
Doing your best is a process of trying to do your best.
- Townes Van Zandt

Listen, I, I did vote - I did cast a vote for health care,
and I also said that I thought the process was horrible.
The status quo before we passed health care was also horrible.
- Michael Bennett

All military and most commercial aircraft use our designs
that process power from jet engines.
- Amar Bose

I am a part of the political process whether the multinational
forces are present or not.
Politics is serving the people, not chairs and positions.
- Muqtada al Sadr

In working on a poem, I love to revise.
Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this,
but in the process of revision I discover things.
- Rita Dove

We are the yin and the yang of the creative process.
- Cynthia Weil

In the real life-process, willing, feeling,
and thinking are only different aspects.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

Politics is so much about serendipity that we've got
to have a bigger pool of women,
so that when people drop out of the process,
you've got others to turn to.
- Eleanor Clift

I am surprised that I cannot recall whether my desire
to become a minister transformed itself into a wish
to lead the more militant life of missionary,
by a slow process or suddenly.
- Pierre Loti

The urge to purge the material I come up with is,
I guess, an ongoing process.
- Kathryn Bigelow

I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind
and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine.
How that process happens, I'm sorry to tell you I can't describe.
- John Hurt

Creating fantasy is a very personal thing,
but you can't take the process too personally.
- Joseph Barbera

Scientists are human, they're as biased as any other group.
But they do have one great advantage in that science
is a self-correcting process.
- Cyril Ponnamperuma

For the first time in 23 years I'm enjoying the process of supporting it,
of going out and doing shows, and doing the interviews,
and doing everything.
- Rosanne Cash

The process of speciation is completed with the cessation of genetic exchange.
- Peter R. Grant

I hardly teach.
It's more like a gathering of minds looking at one
subject and learning from each other.
I enjoy the process.
- Fay Godwin

The process of my transformation came to a head with my discovery of St.
Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage I went on with
a scout troop from my school.
- Abbe Pierre

The first 2 weeks, they didn't learn the piece -
they went through the process of how the piece was made.
- Siobhan Davies

Very often I'll find out at the end of a book what
I put in at the beginning.
A sort of process of elimination and discovery in one.
- Jonathan Carroll


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