Alex Haley Quotes


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.

Beginning writers must appreciate the prerequisites if they hope to become writers. You pay your dues - which takes years.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Racism is taught in our society it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.

I don't know anywhere in the world where there is not racism against somebody.

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.

Find the Good and Praise it" by 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.

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

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

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.

Most of the things that are asked of me as a representative black person would suggest never are we equal Americans.

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

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

Every death is like the burning of a library.

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

In every conceivable manner the family is link to our past bridge to our future.

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

If you go back to before mankind came out of the cave there was hatred.

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.

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.

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.

You have to deal with the fact that your life is your life.

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

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

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

I tell younger writers that indeed it is devastating to be rejected. You feel like the bottom dropped out of your world.

You can never enslave somebody who knows who he is.

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

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

Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people.

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.

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

When you clench your fist no one can put anything in your hand.

Indeed optimists rather than defeatists have produced the results for which serious genealogical research is best known.

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

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

Racism and hatred are synonymous.

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

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

We all suffer. If a man's wise he learns from it.

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.

History is written by winners.