Tavis Smiley Quotes

When you work for something you appreciate it more. So what are y'all going to do with all the opportunities you inherited that you didn't have to work for?

Having to try and going through the trials and tribulations to actually overcome to get there to win to triumph that's what makes life interesting

The storm came. Lives were washed away. Ancient pains resurfaced. Now it is time for a sea of change.

I think for most of us is that once you get to a certain place in your career you're not having to elbow and knock people around and audition for parts.

I love my cross-sectioned cross-cultural audience. Some of them are doing better than the average guy but my audience has always been people who are struggling to stay in the middle class.

[John Carlos] has spent much of his life since that time as a dedicated human rights advocate and public speaker and he is out now with a wonderful new text; a memoir in fact.

Regardless of your race religion or political affiliation never hesitate to question those in authority.

John Carlos provided the world with one of the most iconic images of the 1960s with his Black Power salute after a medal-winning performance at the 1968 summer games.

My acting gives me my self-worth

The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category..

I wanted to be a theater actress and initially I wanted to work in musical theater

What determines your altitude in life is your attitude.

He was a humanist then he's a humanist now and to my mind John Carlos is an authentic American hero.

Competition's always been a product of American lifestyle

I believe if we make black America better we make all of America better.

We believe that when you make Black America better - you make all of America better.

I thought our community should have a deep dialogue to make black America better. I believe if we make black America better we make all of America better.

In some states not even 50 percent of black boys finish high school.

I still think in this country and this might surprise you the one thing that George Bush said as president that I do agree with I love that phrase 'the soft bigotry of low expectations.'

We - again the the the the bastardization and the demonization over the last few years of teachers and of unions and of collective bargaining that is not the answer.

Fear fear breeds hopelessness. When you're afraid you don't know what to believe in you don't know what to hold on to. You're struggling to find something to believe in.

Capitalism is like a child: if you want the child to grow up free and productive somebody's got to look over the shoulder of that child.

This whole notion of a post racial America was nonsense from the very beginning. It was a bad idea a bad notion a bad formulation when it was first raised.

I feel like I've been successful after being done with the film is when I see it if I'm embarrassed if I'm slightly mortified and if I feel super-vulnerable I think I did something.

Live just because or live your life for a cause

The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.

Struggling to stay in the middle class and I love that. That's me and my dad and my family.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is the most insightful and inspiring columnist of his generation.

I grew. Going outside my comfort zone is a big one for me.

To be clear the gap between the have gots and the have nots is widening. In this most multicultural multiracial multiethnic America ever that concerns me.

It's hard these days to have a conversation at least it is for me about [Truman]Capote without "Good Night and Good Luck" coming up in the same conversation.

We're all cracked vessels and we're always in process I think every one of us.

Don't envy someone else's gift. Discover your own.

History is replete with examples of moments in time when we talk about deficit reduction and try to advance on it around the world that is where it leads to job losses not job creation.

I just find in our world that forgiveness is becoming more and more a difficult thing for us to do.

I fear that we are living in a society living in a world where forgiving people is becoming more and more difficult to do.

Music is the soundtrack of our lives it's essential for our lives.

This is not a skill problem this is a will problem. Does America have the will to make education a priority? We know the things that work. Why don't we scale up those things that do work.

For me like when you've put yourself out there emotionally physically and you've really put yourself on the line for me that means I've really done something.

When I'm at the premiere and I see the film in its entirety I forget plot I forget the story I forget what my character goes through because I really do just let it go.

I think when I stop fighting I die in a sense.

If you don't have courage you can't practice any of the other virtues.

Poverty and wealth inequality are a form of instability into the future.

We give you the facts. I told you information is power - knowledge is power. We can't be in an ideological battle to redeem the soul of this country if we don't have the facts.

Losing teaches you something

This administration and these folk who run Washington are no more interested in our welfare and our well being than the man on the moon. And we have got to start taking our destiny into our hands.

Troubled times do call for troubled songs songs that unsettle our souls and our spirits unapologetically.

Sometimes rejection in life is really redirection.

Why don't we scale up those things that do work.