Posts Tagged ‘quotes’

more words to live by…

July 24, 2012

“Her beauty cannot be measured with standards of a colonized mind.” — Meshell NdegeOcello


words to live by…

July 4, 2012

“Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people don’t know the difference.”

How to Occupy Wall Street from Your Couch

October 15, 2011

My friend Jess likes to recite an African saying, “When you pray, move your feet.”

“Wall Street”, or more accurately the big corporate world, worships money, so the best way to get at them is to start a better distribution of our money instead of giving it all to big corporations.

1. Move your money from a big bank to a local bank or credit union. This will spur on loans to local businesses and create a more equal distribution of money.

2. Eat! (Locally) Buy from local farms. Microbrew instead of a Bud. Cook instead of going out and eating. Go to a locally owned restaurant instead of a chain. You get the picture.

3. Hippie/hipster chic a.k.a. buy used stuff. Clothes from thrift stores, books from and other used book purveyors, household items from Craigslist, curbs, friends, garage sales.

4. Hang out in immigrant neighborhoods and stores. Go have dinner in your local Korea-town or Latino neighborhood. This serves more for inspiration than anything. You’ll see how there are other brands, other ways of living, people who still  cook from scratch and can re-use stuff.


more words to live by…

September 12, 2011

“If you can’t spit theory as effectively at the bodega or the barber shop as you can in the classroom, maybe you need to rethink just what the hell you’re thinking/learning about.

I don’t care if Judith Butler is your homegirl and Foucault gave you a rimjob in a past life. A brilliant message in humble form trumps grad school catchphrases any fucking day of the week.*

* Posted because it seems like academics been stunting on some fuckery on Tumblr this week, and in turn getting their behinds handed to them. Or maybe it’s just my dash?”


Penned by the ever astute Ju on the crankyskirt tumblr.



more words to live by…

September 14, 2010

I was reading what Annie Finch (the director of my program) had to say about the state of American poetry in The Huffington Post and I was especially struck by this quote below, which is probably applicable to all kinds of creative art and every genre of writing. (Emphases are my own doing):

Poetic fashions change surprisingly fast, so don’t spend too much energy on them. Read everything aloud to yourself, get to know your poetic ear, and trust your own judgment. You will recognize the muse’s presence, not in thoughts or images, but when a voice whispers inside you and your body knows it is true. Carry a pad of paper with you everywhere and sleep with it by your bed. Learn all you can, read all you can, grow all you can, and always remember the muse comes first. Poetry is a sacred service, and your country needs you. So only do what feels right. Don’t waste poetic words. Revise.

more words to live by…

July 1, 2010

“There is no sense in hate; it comes back to you. Therefore, make your history so laudable, magnificent, and untarnished, that another generation will not seek to repay [you]. . .The bones of injustice have a peculiar way of rising from the tombs to plague and mock the iniquitous.”–Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

Lorde knows

March 11, 2010

so when i was still reading ms. lorde’s excellent biography, i came across this sentence below, hooted with laughter out loud, then felt a  slight discomfort settle in the pit of my stomach afterwards—i’m not exactly sure why. . .

on March 18th 1978, in an unpublished journal, Audre Lorde noticed after touching down in Trini—her only comment on that instance in Trinidad—that: “The Grenadians and the Barbadians walk like an African people. The Trinidadians do not.”

muy interesante.

i swear, only a poet could make an observation like that yes. & it’s stuff like that that makes the interior of a writer’s cranium so fascinating.

more words to live by…

January 23, 2010

i am currently reading warrior poet: a biography of audre lorde and came across these words, from “her journal notes for 1975-76”, (bold & other emphases are my own) :

“I have a right to be black. I have a right to be different and I have a right to survive. I have a right to join with other different human beings who are also black. Blackness doesn’t mean we are one lump of chocolate poured on the face of eternity. Until each of us can love herself & himself, in all our contradictions, we will never survive as a people in this land because we will never survive as individuals” (p. 159).


March 20, 2009

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” ~Mark Twain

random quote i like….

March 4, 2008

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.” C.S. Lewis