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Paul Robeson Quotes

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But the deep desire for peace remained with the American people.
- Paul Robeson

We must join with the tens of millions all over the
world who see in peace our most sacred responsibility.
- Paul Robeson

And, gentlemen, they have not yet done so,
and it is quite clear that no Americans,
no people in the world probably, are going to war with the Soviet Union.
- Paul Robeson

Yes, peace can and must be won, to save the world from
the terrible destruction of World War III.
- Paul Robeson

 

You know I am an actor, and I have medals for diction.
- Paul Robeson

At every step the vast majority have expressed horror
at the idea of an aggressive war.
- Paul Robeson

And at home in the United States we found continued
and increased persecution,
first of leaders of the Communist Party,
and then of all honest anti-fascists.
- Paul Robeson

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The Korean war has always been an unpopular war among the American people.
- Paul Robeson

I did a long concert tour in England and Denmark and Sweden,
and I also sang for the Soviet people,
one of the finest musical audiences in the world.
- Paul Robeson

This United States Government should go down to Mississippi and protect my people.
That is what should happen.
- Paul Robeson

I said it was my feeling that the American people would struggle for peace,
and that has since been underscored by the President of these United States.
- Paul Robeson

As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen,
I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.
- Paul Robeson

Through the years I have received my share of recognition
for efforts in the fields of sports,
the arts, the struggle for full citizenship for the Negro people,
labor's rights and the fight for peace.
- Paul Robeson

Like any other people, like fathers,
mothers,
sons and daughters in every land, when the issue of
peace or war has been put squarely to the American people,
they have registered for peace.
- Paul Robeson

In Russia I felt for the first time like a full human being.
No color prejudice like in Mississippi,
no color prejudice like in Washington.
It was the first time I felt like a human being.
- Paul Robeson

Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only
nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited,
and where the people can live freely? Never!
I can assure you, they will never fight against either
the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
- Paul Robeson

The other reason that I am here today,
again from the State Department and from the court
record of the court of appeals,
is that when I am abroad I speak out against the injustices
against the Negro people of this land.
- Paul Robeson

In fact, because of this deep desire for peace,
the ruling class leaders of this land,
from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda
to drive into American minds the false notion that
danger threatened them from the East.
- Paul Robeson

I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably:
I belong to the American resistance movement which
fights against American imperialism,
just as the resistance movement fought against Hitler.
- Paul Robeson

This is the basis, and I am not being tried for whether I am a Communist,
I am being tried for fighting for the rights of my people,
who are still second-class citizens in this United States of America.
- Paul Robeson

I know that if the peace movement takes its message
boldly to the Negro people a powerful force can be
secured in pursuit of the greatest goal of all mankind.
And the same is true of labor and the great democratic
sections of our population.
- Paul Robeson

Could I say that the reason that I am here today,
you know, from the mouth of the State Department itself,
is: I should not be allowed to travel because I have
struggled for years for the independence of the colonial peoples of Africa.
- Paul Robeson

You want to shut up every Negro who has the courage
to stand up and fight for the rights of his people,
for the rights of workers, and I have been on many
a picket line for the steelworkers too.
- Paul Robeson

My mother was born in your state, Mr. Walter, and my
mother was a Quaker, and my ancestors in the time of
Washington baked bread for George Washington's troops
when they crossed the Delaware,
and my own father was a slave.
- Paul Robeson

Four hundred million in India, and millions everywhere,
have told you, precisely, that the colored people are
not going to die for anybody:
they are going to die for their independence.
- Paul Robeson

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
- Anonymous

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,
and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

The key to growth is the introduction of
higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
- Lao Tzu

The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

To know everything is to know nothing,
but to know nothing is to know everything.
- Confucius

All we are is dust in the wind.
- the band Kansas

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The more I see, the less I know for sure.
- John Lennon

The way lies in softness and patience,
as the softest water cuts through the hardest rock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

When you are impeccable, you take
responsibility for your actions,
but you do not judge or blame yourself.
- don Miguel Ruiz

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.
- The Buddha

The Lessons of the Book of Life are
Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

The WAY is Not The Way for You,
Unless You Come With an Open Mind,
Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Four Agreements
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

We shall see but a little way if
we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

Stand Tall, Breathe Deep, Be Unstoppable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we have arrived at the question,
the answer is already near.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
- Helen Keller

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The final delusion is the belief
that one has lost all delusions.
- Maurice Chapelain

I was taught that the way of progress
is neither swift nor easy.
- Marie Curie


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