I think that the heart is a lot like those wonderful fruit, like coconut and mangoes, you know, you have to break the skin, you have to break it open to get to the good part.— Saul Williams
The most bumbling Saul Williams quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
We are unraveling our navels so that we may ingest the sun.
We are not afraid of the darkness. We trust that the moon shall guide us. We are determining the future at this very moment. We know that the heart is the philosopher's stone. Our music is our alchemy.
Sometimes our thoughts and feelings are our most prized possessions.
.. and then there are times to let go of your possessions and wander.
I surrendered my beliefs and found myself at the tree of life injecting my story into the veins of leaves only to find that stories like forests are subject to seasons
There is no music more powerful than hip-hop.
No other music so purely demands an instant affirmative on such a global scale. When the beat drops, people nod their heads, “yes,” in the same way that they would in conversation with a loved one, a parent, professor, or minister.
There is nothing more negligent than attempting to address a problem one finds on a branch than by censoring the leaves.
I think that good writing is based on good reading.
Maybe it's not about writing today, maybe it's about reading today. Maybe it's about finding the sort of book you would never read.
I dance for no reason, for reasons you can't dance, Call me an activist of intellectualized circumstance You can't learn my steps until you unlearn your thoughts Spirit, soul, can't be store-bought.
My love is my soul's imagination. How do I love you? Imagine.
Fax me a fact, and I'll telegram a hologram.
If you're just addressing your own emotions and challenging yourself to find some sort of harmonious sense of being in life and questioning authority and questioning what's given and questioning what's expected of you, you're already on the cusp of finding something in yourself, and maybe waking something in somebody else.
When I can feel you breathing into me i, like a stone gargoyle atop some crumbling building, spring to life a resuscitated angel.
I think art can really serve to inspire a movement - and, of course, it has in the past. The Civil Rights movement wouldn't have the same resonance without the songs from everyone from Pete Seeger to Odetta to James Brown.
Music has always pushed ahead social movements and can do much more than just dumb down a populace.
pools of blood are not recreational even lifeguards drown when the undertow breaks bread with the underbelly demons disguised as sharks have not put enough thought into their costumes a wiseman stays ashore when pointed fins read like italian subtitles the end is near (...) the beginning
I spend my time sitting in train stations, parks, parking lots, cafes, just looking at people - eavesdropping, basically. I'm vulnerable to all of it.
I was always making up rhymes. But I never thought that poetry would become my life.
Art can play a major role. I look at art as an alternative source of energy, the same way we might look at wind or solar or lithium batteries.
I have an acquired taste for language, yet it is seldom an actual focus of mine.
If we're gonna progress as a people we are going to realise that, as one of my favourite poets says, the other is a lie. There are no other people. Race is a social construct.
I hear the weed is really strong in California.
I think it's misleading to think that art is only there for escapism, only there for our dreams of being rich and f - king whoever we wanna f - k.
only through new words might new worlds be called into order
Fax me a fact and I'll telegram a hologram or telephone the son of man and tell him he is done. Leave a message on his answering machine telling him there are none. God and I are one. Times moon. Times star. Times sun. The factor is me. You remember me.
Why shouldn't rap be esoteric, able to take in current events, history and criticism? I guess it's this old idea of containment - that rappers, because they're black, can't and shouldn't aspire to look outside the ghetto for influence.
Vulnerability is power.
The role that theater has placed in enhancing consciousness and moving systems ahead. I think of what South African theater meant for the apartheid movement, for example. I think of what music has meant for so many social movements across time.
We all have different relationships with music. But the music is always there.
Half of the popcorn sh-t that's out there, we know it's popcorn.
But we're like, "It's my guilty pleasure." I feel like we have more guilty pleasure than actual f - kin' pleasure.
i laced my shoes with sorrow and walked a weary road dead end streets don't come undone with double knots wing tipped shoes that walk on air through vacant lots
I used to have weird practices in crowded used-book stores in New York where I'd go in and just stomp my foot and see what fell from the shelf. And of course, because it's an unexpected encounter, there's always some magic that comes from it.
I'm somewhat of an empath, I would say.
I relate easily to ideas and stories, books, films, music. I'm moved by all of these things. Art in general. But not just art, you know?
i am like a survivor of the flood walking through the streets drenched with God surprised that all of the drowned victims are still walking and talking
I feel that people need to be jolted out of their comfort zones.
There is a lot of fun to be had when you try and fit as many words as you can within a three-minute song, but there is also a lot of fun in trying to get that message across in three words, or better yet when the music can overpower the words and convey something really pure and perfect that affects our psycho-emotional space.
the greatest Americans have not been born yet they are waiting patiently for the past to die
Сommercial hip-hop is not youth rebellion, not when the heroes of hip-hop like Puffy are taking pictures with Donald Trump and the heroes of capitalism - you know that's not rebellion. That's not "the street" - that's Wall Street.
Talk to strangers when the family fails and friends lead you astray when Buddha laughs and Jesus weeps and it turns out God is gay. 'Cause angels and messiahs love can come in many forms: in the hallways of your projects, or the fat girl in your dorm, and when you finally take the time to see what they’re about perhaps you find them lonely or their wisdom trips you out.
I feel pretty vulnerable all the time.
I don't really believe in writer's block or anything like that.
If I'm not feeling words, I may pick up an instrument and play with sounds or delve into different types of creativity and expression.
We cannot continually barricade ourselves under some falsified idea of race, because our idea of blackness and race is simply reactionary. Africans didn't walk around Africa being black and proud, they walked around proud.
There's so much to be found in literature, especially if you don't have the money to travel or the means to get out of your neighborhood or get off work.
I've never believed it's really so important that you conform to the ways of the system in order to beat the system. I think that the system follows a great deal.
It's not the rules everywhere, you know? That's not the rules everywhere - that things have to be dumbed down in order to become massively popular. And that hasn't always been the rule, even in America.
I can't say that I always want to get out of bed, you know.
You start to realize connections between experiences and things that push your buttons, and things that have touched you in those vulnerable areas and what-have-you. And they form a little collection over time - at least I do - and as time progresses and new things are learned, you kind of sift through those things until they're air or danceable, you know? But they start as this thing that's either too hard or too soft to dance to.
The most powerful political voices are those with a different way of seeing and processing the world and the sounds that emanate from it.
I'm a very sensitive person at times.
Not just to words that anybody says, but in relationships for example, the people that you open up to, you listen to, you hear - you know? So a lot of times, the key to some of my vulnerability is just through things, simple things - or critiques or whatever - or could be very simple things that are said.
The music aids the message, it's there to punctuate and abbreviate and shape the silence.
'Niggy Tardust' is the voice of a generation, a generation that does not define itself simply by what it's born into.