I Heard ‘Em Say…


Wait, don’t let the spring, the clearness of the sky and the shine of the morning light fool you …Because the darkness, the thunder’s rumble and the blowing of the wind are coming toward you from the horizon..Beware because there is a fire underneath the ash ..
-Tunisian Poet Abul Qasim al Shabi

I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda, I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.
– Malcolm X

A woman’s heart should be so lost in God that a man should seek Him in order to find her…

When I chew chat, I have the world in my pocket. I’ve already built two buildings in Nairobi in the hour that I’ve sat here chewing chat..

One day 500,000 could buy you a bed, and the next, it couldn’t even buy you a loaf of bread!
-Whitney, speaking of hyper inflation in 2008 in Zim

We are not separate from the natural world. We don’t own the land, the animals, plants or other people. Life is not a commodity. When we murder, rape, poison and pillage our planet we do so to ourselves. Time is short for those facing extinction, and I implore you to stand up and act in the defense of the planet.
-Benjamin Potts

The grass is not greener on the other side, it’s only greener where it’s watered.

Let us mix the long memories of a people destroyed with new narratives of our own making, as we move into space of our own choosing, as we dream in images woven from our people’s best desires, as we plan on designs drawn from our own reflection, then make again the universe that might have been but was not, here in this place, now in this time freed for our new creation.
– Ayi Kwei Armah, KMT

If they burn a book have no fear. The book will feel no pain and neither should you. The true destruction of the Quran can’t be done with fire, it is destroyed when we fail to remember and practice it’s lessons in our daily lives. If this happens then it is another fire we should all be worried about!
– Lupe fiasco

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.
-Mother Theresa

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
-Khalil Gibran

We’ve learned to swim in the sea as fish, fly in the air as birds, but we still have not been able to walk on this earth as brothers, we will perish as fools.
-adapted from MLK Jr

i finally understand, it aint easy for a woman to try and raise a man
-2pac in “dear mama”

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds…
-Bob Marley

Stand for what you believe, or you’ll fall for what you don’t
-Malcolm x

“Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character…it becomes your destiny.”

“It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.”

This is not a coup, it’s a constitutional substitution!
-Roberto Micheletti, ouster of Manuel Zelaya of the coup in Honduras

If you placed the sun in my right hand, and the moon in my left, I will not stop conveying my message, I will die conveying it.
-Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

Money means nothing here, the only currency that matters is water.
-of the situation in Haiti after the Jan 12 earthquake that devastated the country

Don’t gain the world & lose your soul…for wisdom is better than silver or gold.
-Bob Marley

Don’t let them fool ye, not even skool ye…don’t let them change ye, not even rearrange ye
-Bob Marley

I finally understand it ain’t easy for a woman to try and raise a man.

How am I to tell a man how to die when I’m still trying to figure out how to survive?
-Don Cheadle

What you obtain too cheaply, you esteem too lightly

The only break I got was at recess.

You lend me your false ear, I lend you my false lines

God didn’t bring me this far to leave me standing on my own, cos I’m never alone

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today
-Malcolm x

A tiger need not proclaim its tigritude, it needs only to strike its prey
-Wole Soyinka

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