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Alex Haley Famous Quotes And Sayings
Please enjoy the following quotes and sayings by American Author, Alex Haley, whose works of historical fiction and reportage depicted the struggles of African Americans. Alex Haley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on April 18, 1977.

Famous Quotes And Sayings By Alexander Murray Palmer Haley
"You don't spend twenty years of your life in the service and not have a warm, nostalgic feeling left in you. It's a small service, and there's a lot of esprit de corps." ~ Alex Haley
"I tell younger writers that indeed it is devastating to be rejected. You feel like the bottom dropped out of your world." ~ Alex Haley
"In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future." ~ Alex Haley
"When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth." ~ 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." ~ Alex Haley
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." ~ Alex Haley
"Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help." ~ Alex Haley
"Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you." ~ 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." ~ 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." ~ 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." ~ Alex Haley
"In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it." ~ Alex Haley
"Beginning writers must appreciate the prerequisites if they hope to become writers. You pay your dues - which takes years." ~ Alex Haley
"If not for oral history, my uncle would not have pursued the history that became the 'Roots' project." ~ 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." ~ Alex Haley
"History is written by the winners." ~ 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." ~ 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." ~ Alex Haley
"Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people." ~ Alex Haley
"You can never enslave somebody who knows who he is." ~ 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." ~ Alex Haley
"My smiling child, Named for a noble ancestor. Great hunter or warrior, You will be one day, Which will give your papa pride. But always I will remember you thus." ~ Alex Haley
"My fondest hope is that 'Roots' may start black, white, brown, red, yellow people digging back for their own roots. Man, that would make me feel 90 feet tall." ~ Alex Haley
"The blacks who are buying books are not buying them to go out and fight someone, but because they want to know who they are... [The] book has touched a strong, subliminal chord." ~ Alex Haley
"In the bush, trust no one you don't know." ~ Alex Haley
"When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand pick up anything." ~ Alex Haley
"Never completely encircle your enemy. Leave him some escape, for he will fight even more desperately if trapped." ~ Alex Haley
"You have to deal with the fact that your life is your life." ~ Alex Haley
"We all suffer. If a man's wise, he learns from it." ~ Alex Haley
"Many of us do this to develop this muscle of mindfulness, which tends to be atrophied (A wasting away)." ~ Alex Haley
"When an old person dies it's like a library burning." ~ Alex Haley
"It's an hour during the week where you can just slow down." ~ Alex Haley
"The main thing you got to remember is that everything in the world is a hustle." ~ Alex Haley
"You'll find that people who celebrate you will kill you. They forget you are blood and flesh and bone. I have had days and weeks and months of schedules where everything from my breakfast to my last waking moment was planned for me." ~ Alex Haley
"We try to emphasize the fact that we are not religiously affiliated." ~ Alex Haley
"Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics." ~ 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." ~ Alex Haley
"The Autobiography of Malcolm X." ~ 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." ~ Alex Haley
"Indeed optimists rather than defeatists have produced the results for which serious genealogical research is best known." ~ 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.'" ~ 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." ~ Alex Haley
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