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By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we came from.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

The main thing you got to remember is that everything in the world is a hustle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

I can't feel Irish to save my soul, but it's a fact.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

Raw, naked truth exchanged between the black man and the white man is what a whole lot more of is needed in this country - to clear the air of the racial mirages, cliches, and lies that this country's very atmosphere has been filled with for four hundred years.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

Unless we learn from history, we are destined to repeat it. This is no longer merely an academic exercise, but may contain our worlds fate and our destiny.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

The way to succeed is never quit. Thats it. But really be humble about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

I get interviewed a lot, and I found myself listening to what the interviewer is asking me, I'm analyzing what I'm being asked more than my response.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

You're always being judged. No matter what you do, it's not the right thing. If you didn't become successful, then you'd be pointed at as one of those creatures down their who didn't take advantage of this or that, who didn't climb and rise and so forth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

That's what happens with writing. Ingredients bubble and cook. Material becomes substance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

I am really quite proud of most of the people I " know who have "made it," who do things to help people.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alex Haley

He came cripping slowly back up the driveway - when an African remembrance flashed into his mind, and near the front of the house he bent down and started peering around. Determining the clearest prints that Kizzy's bare feet had left in the dust, scooping up the double handful containing those footprints, he went rushing toward the cabin: The ancient forefathers said that precious dust kept in some safe place would insure Kizzy's return to where she made the footprints. He burst through the cabin's open door, his eyes sweeping the room and falling upon his gourd on a shelf containing his pebbles. Springing over there, in the instant before opening his cupped hands to drop in the dirt, suddenly he knew the truth: His Kizzy was gone; she would not return. He would never see his Kizzy again. His face contorting, Kunta flung his dust toward the cabin's roof. Tears bursting, from his eyes, snatching his heavy gourd up high over his head, his mouth wide in a soundless scream, he hurled the gourd down with all his strength, and it shattered against the packed-Earth floor, his 662 pebbles representing each month of his 55 rains flying out, ricocheting wildly in all directions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

I think most people when you say slavery tend to see a group of anonymous people pulling cotton sacks in great plantation fields, and that is largely true.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

It's always intrigued me that amidst the group called slaves there were individuals who were extremely able, who were extremely colorful, who were powerful personalities, who by no means fit the usual images of slaves. They were people who, through their personalities and abilities, were very respected in the community where they lived by both black and white.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

I look at my books the way parents look at their children. The fact that one becomes more successful than the others doesn't make me love the less successful one any less.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

There was a great deal of inbreeding between the Indians and the slaves. Genetically speaking, black people are some part black, some part European.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

The way to succeed is never quit. That's it. But really be humble about it. ... You start out lowly and humble and you carefully try to learn an accretion of little things that help you get there.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

I suppose that it was inevitable that my word-base broadened. I could now for the first time pick up a book and read and now begin to understand what the book was saying. Anyone who has read a great deal can imagine the new world that opened. Let me tell you something: from then until I left that prison, in every free moment I had, if I was not reading in the library, I was reading in my bunk. You couldn’t have gotten me out of my books with a wedge...Months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned. In fact, up to then, I never had been so truly free in my life.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Alex Haley

The first time he had taken the massa to one of these "high-falutin' to-dos," as Bell called them, Kunta had been all but overwhelmed by conflicting emotions: awe, indignation, envy, contempt, fascination, revulsion—but most of all a deep loneliness and melancholy from which it took him almost a week to recover. He couldn't believe that such incredible wealth actually existed, that people really lived that way. It took him a long time, and a great many more parties, to realize that they didn't live that way, that it was all strangely unreal, a kind of beautiful dream the white folks were having, a lie they were telling themselves: that goodness can come from badness, that it's possible to be civilized with one another without treating as human beings those whose blood, sweat, and mother's milk made possible the life of privilege they led.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

But then, as far as I know, as far as I've studied or heard or picked up, it seems that this type of thing is a curse against mankind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

Brown people wouldn't speak to someone who was black.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

The anti-blackness has generated new forms of youth involvement in anti-whiteness, which in some cases is appalling.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

Never completely encircle your enemy. Leave him some escape, for he will fight even more desperately if trapped.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

I travel a lot. It used to be, when I would go to any country, I could guarantee that the first question would establish my name, and the fact that I've written Roots, and the third question, at least no later than the fourth question would not be a question, so much as a statement, something like, "We understand that in America white people do such and such bad things to black people.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alex Haley

He said he wanted to present an alternative; that it might be easier for whites to accept Martin’s proposals after hearing him (Malcolm X).

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

It's an hour during the week where you can just slow down.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

Tying the little folks with the older folks is a great and powerful tool to preserve and to protect the family and the individual.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alex Haley

Find the good—and praise it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

I certainly wasn't seeking any degree, the way a college confers a status symbol upon its students. My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America. Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me, asking questions. One was, "What's your alma mater?" I told him, "Books.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

I know that statistically, it has been proven that there is a tremendous amount of black on black crime within the inner cities.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

I acknowledge immense debt to the griots [tribal poets] of Africa - where today it is rightly said that when a griot dies, it is as if a library has burned to the ground.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

Carrying little Kunta in his strong arms, he walked to the edge of the village, lifted his baby up with his face to the heavens, and said softly, “Fend kiling dorong leh warrata ka iteh tee.” (Behold—the only thing greater than yourself.)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

Every time an old person dies, it's like a library burning down.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia, West Africa, a manchild was born to Omoro and Binta Kinte.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

In the bush, trust no one you don't know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

If you need to know history, the real story of those before you, then you should go to the library and read newspaper clippings of someone like Muhammad Ali every day, then it might giver you some understanding of the man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

I think one of the most fascinating things you can do after you learn about your own people is to study something about the history and culture of other people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

Your attitude is everything. Believe in yourself and trust your material. To be a successful writer, write every single day where you feel like it or not. Never, never give up, and the world will reward you beyond your wildest dreams.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alex Haley

And there was a lot of exclaiming about some Massa Patrick Henry having cried out, 'Give me liberty or give me death!' Kunta liked that, but he couldn't understand how somebody white could say it; white folks looked pretty free to him.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alex Haley

Find the good, and praise it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

Most of us prefer to be as quiet as possible about giving, because every time it's publicized that we do something, if it's something of the nature of giving, we'll be doubly besieged, and you really get sick of being always criticized no matter what you do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there's a big difference between being a writer and writing. In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hours alone at the typewriter. You've got to want to write, I say to them, not want to be a writer. The reality is that writing is a lonely, private and poor-paying affair. For every writer kissed by fortune, there are thousands more whose longing is never requited. Even those who succeed often know long periods of neglect and poverty. I did.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

Racism and hatred are synonymous.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alex Haley

I wasn't going to be one of those people who died wondering what if? I would keep putting my dreams to the test - even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. This is the shadowland of hope, and anyone with a dream must learn to live there.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alex Haley

Every death is like the burning of a library.