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Stanley Crouch Quotes

I hope you find these Stanley Crouch Quotes inspiring and motivational.

When you're artistic director of a program,
you present the music you want to present.
- Stanley Crouch

But the myth of violent solutions as the ultimate solutions
maintains itself in much of popular media.
- Stanley Crouch

What we need in America is a renaissance.
We need to go forward by going backward.
- Stanley Crouch

The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation
was not brought to an end,
nor redneck violence dramatically reduced,
by violence.
- Stanley Crouch


 

Rap actually comes out of punk rock,
not black music.
- Stanley Crouch

When people conclude that all is futile,
then the absurd becomes the norm.
- Stanley Crouch

Louis Armstrong, who learned to be in exquisite dress,
came from the bottom, and he's not a trash can.
- Stanley Crouch


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When a violent minority that crosses color lines comes
to believe that killing those you know or do not know
is a reasonable solution to problems,
we are in need of another vision.
- Stanley Crouch

Getting to the pint where the other is not the enemy is a big leap.
- Stanley Crouch

As you know from reading many of these Negro writers,
we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy
and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.
- Stanley Crouch

Our democratic richness arrives when we're able to
comprehend our collective humanity accurately.
- Stanley Crouch

In America, we have to learn to be patient enough to
figure out what somebody is saying.
Somebody might actually be saying something.
- Stanley Crouch

People don't really think other people are the same.
- Stanley Crouch

I don't know any women who don't think about what they look like,
and I don't know any men who don't think about what women look like.
- Stanley Crouch

All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to,
the ones we disagree with and the ones that we agree with.
- Stanley Crouch

Now the writing in the head, I definitely do every day,
thinking about how I want to phrase something or how
I'd like to rephrase something I've already written.
- Stanley Crouch

Everybody has to be reminded that there's another way to be.
Another more mysterious, unpredictable way to be that's
not necessarily based upon contrivances.
- Stanley Crouch

Unfortunately, I'm not a person that's always capable
of living up to the Boy Scout philosophy.
- Stanley Crouch

Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you're from,
what your class is - those aspects of your identity
are not the same as your aesthetic identity.
- Stanley Crouch

You'd never know that listening to people in the UN
but tribalism is the father of racism.
- Stanley Crouch

Under popular culture's obsession with a naive inclusion,
everything is O.K.
- Stanley Crouch

The discussion of ideas as opposed to the American
narcissistic obsession with what's going on with the self,
that's the general thing people are talking about.
- Stanley Crouch

If there's an intellectual highway, there's also an intellectual subway.
- Stanley Crouch

Our society has gotten to the point where we might
soon become less and less shocked by any kind of violence.
- Stanley Crouch

The high point of civilization is that you can hate
me and I can hate you but we develop an etiquette that
allows us to deal with each other because if we acted
solely upon our impulse we'd probably go to war.
- Stanley Crouch

Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how
to bring about the occasions that let people have that
first-person experience -
or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see
human continuity as opposed to total threat,
total willingness to do violence.
- Stanley Crouch

Big business, for all its lobbying, is often put in
line by investigative reporting,
public scandals and multi-million-dollar judgments
in court against those who put products on the market
that are dangerous to their buyers.
- Stanley Crouch

I also wanted to do something that I hadn't really
seen in almost any black novels,
which was a complex love story in which both people
were extremely intelligent and talented and understood
a lot of things and were still at odds getting it together.
- Stanley Crouch

Popular culture tells you that schools and parents
don't know what's going on,
the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum,
and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA.
- Stanley Crouch

You can meet a young person who goes to school and is really enthusiastic,
but if a sufficiently strong personality convinces
them that this is a waste of time,
that person might flunk out.
- Stanley Crouch

I wanted to get to that aesthetic proposition that
comes out of learning the human elements of a world,
so that those notes and rhythms mean something to you
besides just the academic way in which they fall in place.
- Stanley Crouch

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can't cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Celebrate what you want to see more of.
- Tom Peters

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

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

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
- Bill Cosby

As you awaken,
may your dreams greet you by name,
and may you answer, "Yes!"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I love being married.
It's so great to find that one special person
you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
- Rita Rudner

You manage things, you lead people.
- Grace Hopper

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain


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