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100 Walter Mosley Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Walter Mosley Sayings: Purely the idea of writing a lot of books doesn't make you a great writer, Purely the idea of writing a lot of books doesn't make you a great writer, but it might be that the process of doing a lot of writing will make you a much better writer.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Sometimes you might forget who you are and where, but that's okay because there's always Sometimes you might forget who you are and where, but that's okay because there's always somebody around that's happy to remind you.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: I don't give a fuck what you're trying to do or what you want. I'd I don't give a fuck what you're trying to do or what you want. I'd send your ass away if you were a white man with a red ribbon tied around your dick.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Chirren is the most dangerous creatures on the earth, with the exception of young girls Chirren is the most dangerous creatures on the earth, with the exception of young girls between the ages of fifteen and forty-two.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: When I turned 59, I looked at that as the first day of my 60th When I turned 59, I looked at that as the first day of my 60th year, so I've been 60 for the last 365 days, in my opinion. So I've been thinking all this year, I'm 60 - this is the time when I need to get some stuff done.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: All writing is that structure of revelation. There's something you want to find out. If All writing is that structure of revelation. There's something you want to find out. If you know everything up front in the beginning, you really don't need to read further if there's nothing else to find out.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Angel, you got checkout girls in these here grocery stores cain't feed their own kids Angel, you got checkout girls in these here grocery stores cain't feed their own kids right, jazz musicians workin' for the post office because music don't pay the charge of admission to a nightclub. You might love your work but one day you wake up and find that your work don't love you.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: It's a disheartening feeling when you can't stand the touch of someone but neither can It's a disheartening feeling when you can't stand the touch of someone but neither can you push them away.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: I think that the power over death and life is the greatest strength that any I think that the power over death and life is the greatest strength that any person can have. It trumps sex and wealth. If I'm willing to die no one can master me.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: All of the philosophers I studied were white (with a few Eastern exceptions), and, for All of the philosophers I studied were white (with a few Eastern exceptions), and, for that matter, they were all male. Africa, the cradle of civilization, seemed to have no footing in the highest form of human thought.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Mouse was the truest friend I ever had. And if there is such a thing Mouse was the truest friend I ever had. And if there is such a thing as true evil, he was that too.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: There's a resistance for people to talk about things that make them feel guilty. When There's a resistance for people to talk about things that make them feel guilty. When natural disasters happen, it's easier not to feel guilty about it.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: I always tell people, if a young girl read "Beloved" as her first novel, she'd I always tell people, if a young girl read "Beloved" as her first novel, she'd have to kill either herself or her mother, because in "Beloved" you have a mother killing their children. This is not something a child would accept very easily. And would never understand.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: The reader is always looking for two things in the novel: themselves and transcendence. The reader is always looking for two things in the novel: themselves and transcendence.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Lawyer even sounds like liar. Lawyer even sounds like liar.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Literature is the adventure. It's the story, it's the fight, it's people falling in love, Literature is the adventure. It's the story, it's the fight, it's people falling in love, it's people with deep personality disorders who succeed anyway beyond themselves. That's what great literature is.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: My father always taught by telling stories about his experiences. His lessons were about morality My father always taught by telling stories about his experiences. His lessons were about morality and art and what insects and birds and human beings had in common. He told me what it meant to be a man and to be a Black man. He taught me about love and responsibility, about beauty, and how to make gumbo.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: I never really thought I'd be successful. I never though I'd get books published, but I never really thought I'd be successful. I never though I'd get books published, but this was something completely beyond me. The fact that it happened is wonderful, but it is not something that I was aiming for.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Any seed or insect or lizard or mammal that found itself in LA had to Any seed or insect or lizard or mammal that found itself in LA had to believe that there was a chance to thrive. Living in Southern California was like waking up in a children's book titled Would Be If I Could Be.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: My job is writing for people to enjoy and then writing about a broader and My job is writing for people to enjoy and then writing about a broader and a deeper world.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: We live in capitalism, and capitalism is defined by the production line, and the production We live in capitalism, and capitalism is defined by the production line, and the production line is defined by specificity. If you see yourself as an artist, which I do, then you can't be limited by that. You can't let somebody tell you, 'Well, you can only draw this kind of picture or write that kind of book.'
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Walter Mosley Sayings: I've written a lot of really good books. Now we'll see if I can write I've written a lot of really good books. Now we'll see if I can write any more good books. I mean there's a chance I won't, but I'm going to try.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: That would be like me tellin' a gosling not to migrate down south his first That would be like me tellin' a gosling not to migrate down south his first mature season. You got to go. Got to. There's gonna be snakes and foxes, and in your case, [ ... ], there might even be men with guns.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: THERE ARE FEW THINGS as beautiful as a glass bottle filled with deep amber whiskey. THERE ARE FEW THINGS as beautiful as a glass bottle filled with deep amber whiskey. Liquor shines when the light hits it, reminiscent of precious things like jewels and gold. But whiskey is better than some lifeless bracelet or coronet. Whiskey is a living thing capable of any emotion that you are. It's love and deep laughter and brotherhood of the type that bonds nations together. Whiskey is your friend when nobody else comes around. And whiskey is solace that holds you tighter than most lovers can. I thought all that while looking at my sealed bottle. And I knew for a fact that it was all true. True the way a lover's pillow talk is true. True the way a mother's dreams for her napping infant are true. But the whiskey mind couldn't think its way out of the problems I had. So I took Mr. Seagram's, put him in his box, and placed him up on the shelf where he belonged.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: I used to worry about money and career and what was going to happen. How I used to worry about money and career and what was going to happen. How was I gonna succeed or fail in the world? And I thought about it enough that I'm no longer worried about it. I'm not ... I don't worry about what's gonna happen in my life. I don't worry about telling me about dying, my own mortality. That's a given.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Susan Straight finds LA's secret heart in Between Heaven and Here and with a sleight Susan Straight finds LA's secret heart in Between Heaven and Here and with a sleight of hand only the masters have, she creates an alley, a neighborhood, a history that is as rich and tragic as any Shakespearean tale.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: I believe that a writer has to tell what they think is the truth in I believe that a writer has to tell what they think is the truth in a human experience. The truth of the human experience cannot escape the political.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: If you want to write believable fiction, you will have to cross over the line If you want to write believable fiction, you will have to cross over the line of your self-restraint and revel in the words and ideas that you would never express in your everyday life.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Your book grows. The early part of your book is growing still while you are Your book grows. The early part of your book is growing still while you are writing the later part of your book.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Better to listen to the gospel than to a mortal leader. Better to listen to the gospel than to a mortal leader.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: This distinction was very important to him: His mother did love him but not enough This distinction was very important to him: His mother did love him but not enough to save him.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Let me speak to your boss I said. Six magic words that roil deep in Let me speak to your boss I said. Six magic words that roil deep in the bowels of anymore collecting a paycheck on a biweekly basis. It's like winking at a leprechaun: he has to give up his pot of gold, and yet no one knows why.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity. Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: That's how powerful you are, girl ... You pretty, but pretty alone is not what That's how powerful you are, girl ... You pretty, but pretty alone is not what people see. You the kinda pretty, the kinda beauty, that's like a mirror. Men and women see themselves in you, only now they so beautiful that they can't bear to see you go.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: - I was an American citizen too; a citizen who had to watch his step, - I was an American citizen too; a citizen who had to watch his step, a citizen who had to distrust the police and the government, public opinion, and even the history taught in schools. It was odd that such negative thoughts would invigorate me. But knowing the truth, no matter how bad it was, gave you some chance, a little bit of an edge.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: The government isn't real," he replied. He might have been talking about Santa Claus or The government isn't real," he replied. He might have been talking about Santa Claus or God. "I don't owe anything to anyone who in themselves are lies and liars.
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Walter Mosley Sayings: Sure can. But you know a white man got to go through sumpin' 'fore he Sure can. But you know a white man got to go through sumpin' 'fore he could call a black man friend. White man got to see the shit an' smell it too before he could really know a black friend." Jean-Paul
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Walter Mosley Sayings: I understood about fear. And I knew better than anyone in that room what Mouse I understood about fear. And I knew better than anyone in that room what Mouse was capable of. But still I had been raised in a place where to show your fear was worse than cowardice. It was suicide, a sin.
Walter Mosley Sayings: It was mid-November 2008. There were pirates taking ships with impunity in African waters, terrorists It was mid-November 2008. There were pirates taking ships with impunity in African waters, terrorists punching holes in Indian security, China sinking towards depression because Americans were afraid to buy cheap goods for Christmas, and the richest nation in the history of the world was talking about how to keep a budget.
Walter Mosley Sayings: It was a regular family scene. All we had to do was clean up a It was a regular family scene. All we had to do was clean up a few murders and a matter of international dope smuggling, then we could move next door to Donna Reed.
Walter Mosley Sayings: My father's life was so decimated by his earliest experiences. His mother died when he My father's life was so decimated by his earliest experiences. His mother died when he was 7 years old, which he always said was the worst experience in his life. When he was 8, his father disappeared and he was on his own from the age of 8.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Writing is almost a place of dreams for me, and I don't have to give Writing is almost a place of dreams for me, and I don't have to give up anything to do it.
Walter Mosley Sayings: A man who is already insane was frightening enough, but when he goes crazy ... A man who is already insane was frightening enough, but when he goes crazy ...
Walter Mosley Sayings: But at night we began dreaming of Man's perfect world without humanity (57) But at night we began dreaming of Man's perfect world without humanity (57)
Walter Mosley Sayings: If everybody in the world despises you and hates you, sees your features as ugly If everybody in the world despises you and hates you, sees your features as ugly and simian, makes jokes about your ways of talking, calls you stupid and beneath contempt; if you have no history, no heroes, and no future where a hero might lead, then you might begin to hate yourself.... And then one hot summer's night you just erupt and go burning and shooting and nobody seems to know why.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I find books in used-book stores, chain and independent stores, on friends' shelves and being I find books in used-book stores, chain and independent stores, on friends' shelves and being read by some woman sitting opposite me on the subway. I find books the way a cow finds a new pasture, by looking to see where the other cows are headed.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I couldn't see why it shouldn't be my one hundred dollars. I couldn't see why it shouldn't be my one hundred dollars.
Walter Mosley Sayings: The police and I have a deal. I don't talk to them and they don't The police and I have a deal. I don't talk to them and they don't listen to me.
Walter Mosley Sayings: That was why so many Jews back then understood the American Negro; in Europe the That was why so many Jews back then understood the American Negro; in Europe the Jew had been a Negro for more than a thousand years.
Walter Mosley Sayings: It's hard for a man to understand a woman because a man just desires her; It's hard for a man to understand a woman because a man just desires her; but women, most of them anyway, desire desire.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Black men of our day were never told, The sky's the limit ... We could Black men of our day were never told, The sky's the limit ... We could aspire to Joe Louis but never Henry Ford.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I have to agree that most people in America read a kind of a fiction I have to agree that most people in America read a kind of a fiction which is not of a high literary calibre. People read for entertainment.
Walter Mosley Sayings: A man's bookcase will tell you everything you'll ever need to know about him. A man's bookcase will tell you everything you'll ever need to know about him.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Love makes you blind to your own survival. And if it doesn't then it's not Love makes you blind to your own survival. And if it doesn't then it's not love at all.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Science fiction [is] the kind of writing that prepares us for the necessary mutations brought Science fiction [is] the kind of writing that prepares us for the necessary mutations brought about in society from an ever changing technological world and as a result. The mainstream hasn't excluded SF; the mainstream has excluded itself. No one told Jules Verne he was a science fiction writer, but he invented the 20th century.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Mrs. Turner gripped my baby finger.It's amazing how a man can feel sex anywhere on Mrs. Turner gripped my baby finger.
It's amazing how a man can feel sex anywhere on his body.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I don't ever know where I'm going. Because one of the wonderful things about writing, I don't ever know where I'm going. Because one of the wonderful things about writing, which is different than working in programming, you don't need to know. You could just write and discover where you're going. And it's a great deal of fun.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I took up writing to escape the drudgery of that every day cubicle kind of I took up writing to escape the drudgery of that every day cubicle kind of war.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I think it's some kind of meeting of energies that causes what we see, and I think it's some kind of meeting of energies that causes what we see, and that part of those energies emanate from our lifeforces, our minds.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Freedom is a state of mind, I said wondering where I'd heard it before, not Freedom is a state of mind, I said wondering where I'd heard it before, not a state of being. We are all slaves to gravity and morality and the vicissitudes of nature. Our genes govern us much more than we'd like to think. Our bodies can not know absolute freedom but our minds can, can at least try.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Your people have lost the vision and vitality of your ancestors (73). Your people have lost the vision and vitality of your ancestors (73).
Walter Mosley Sayings: When I went to school, there were no Black philosophers, at least none that I When I went to school, there were no Black philosophers, at least none that I was aware of, who were recognized by Western universities.
Walter Mosley Sayings: When you get old you begin to understand that no one talks unless someone listens, When you get old you begin to understand that no one talks unless someone listens, and no one knows nuthin' less somebody else can understand.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I like to read either in motion or in water ... I am happiest reading I like to read either in motion or in water ... I am happiest reading in the bathtub.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I'm just a lie waiting to happen. I'm just a lie waiting to happen.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I inhaled deeply, feeling of two minds about the benefits and detriments of smoking. On I inhaled deeply, feeling of two minds about the benefits and detriments of smoking. On one hand, tobacco robbed me of my wind, but on the other, it gave me something to do while the devil was tempting me!
Walter Mosley Sayings: I'm just a survivor from the train wreck of the modern world. I'm just a survivor from the train wreck of the modern world.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Young people live exactly today ... and they live in the immediacy of their world. Young people live exactly today ... and they live in the immediacy of their world. And it's important for us, people from older generations to realize that a lot of our values, a lot of our truths are no longer truths, are no longer valuable.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Asking a Southern woman for plain hospitality was like winking at a leprechaun: She had Asking a Southern woman for plain hospitality was like winking at a leprechaun: She had to give up her pot of gold no matter what.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Rest easy and go with the faith you lived with Rest easy and go with the faith you lived with
Walter Mosley Sayings: All great popular literature today one day will be seen as great literature and will All great popular literature today one day will be seen as great literature and will no longer be seen as popular literature.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I smiled and unraveled a plan that some strategic command at the back of my I smiled and unraveled a plan that some strategic command at the back of my mind had been hatching while the woman in me made love to Rosetta Jeanette Lawson in the guise of a man.
Walter Mosley Sayings: It's not that racism doesn't exist. Lots of people in New York, and elsewhere, hate It's not that racism doesn't exist. Lots of people in New York, and elsewhere, hate because of color and gender, religion and national origin. It's just that I rarely worry about those things because there's a real world underneath all that nonsense; a world that demands my attention almost every second of the day.
Racism is a luxury in a world where resources are scarce, where economic competition is an armed sport, in a world where even the atmosphere is plotting against you. In an arena like that racism is more of a halftime entertainment, a favorite sitcom when the day is done.
Walter Mosley Sayings: But I wasn't there to treat the incurable ills of megalomania. But I wasn't there to treat the incurable ills of megalomania.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I know how bad a thing it is to be a slave and I know I know how bad a thing it is to be a slave and I know how terrible it was but I don't believe that there's a free person in the whole world that knows how good a cup full of water can taste. Because you have to be a deprived slave, to be kept waiting for your water like we were to really appreciate how good just one swallow can be. When we finally got a drop on our tongues it was like something straight from the hands of the Almighty.
Walter Mosley Sayings: The most important lesson I've learned as a writer is that practice of the art The most important lesson I've learned as a writer is that practice of the art is something I must exercise every day. The reason for this constant training is that any idea worth discovering is bigger than my head. The twists and turns, story and plot, characters and character development of a novel cannot be held in a single thought or even in a train of thought. This novel takes up a lot of space and needs room to breathe and evolve.
Walter Mosley Sayings: But all of those things were possible back then even though nobody But all of those things were possible back then even though nobody
Walter Mosley Sayings: They want to hold on to you and your people. They have isolated the ones They want to hold on to you and your people. They have isolated the ones who might grow powerful and overthrow their debauched reign.
Walter Mosley Sayings: It's like a door open at the side of the house and this cool breeze It's like a door open at the side of the house and this cool breeze is blowing in over the back of my neck. The breeze is Death whispering and that door is open for me to go through anytime I want. And I want to go through. I want the confusion to stop
no, not only confusion but pain too.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I wondered if I could just drop the role I carried like a mantle of I wondered if I could just drop the role I carried like a mantle of a dethroned prince.
Walter Mosley Sayings: People don't understand how hard it is to get recognized, how hard it is to People don't understand how hard it is to get recognized, how hard it is to get people to read your books. How hard it is to get people to even to understand what they're reading when they're talking to you about their books.
Walter Mosley Sayings: It's the strongest love that makes the greatest treachery. The worst thing you can say It's the strongest love that makes the greatest treachery. The worst thing you can say to somebody is that you will be there no matter what and then fail to show.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I think of writers as explorers, not necessarily as detectives. So there is certainly detecting I think of writers as explorers, not necessarily as detectives. So there is certainly detecting that is going on, but they're explorers.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I destroyed that doll, hoping the sacrifice would somehow reverse time and bring my father I destroyed that doll, hoping the sacrifice would somehow reverse time and bring my father back. I was a mad scientist and an angry child.
Walter Mosley Sayings: A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting. A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I hit him more times than necessary but by then my actions were mostly chemical, I hit him more times than necessary but by then my actions were mostly chemical, like a soldier ant or a teenager in love.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Love, as the poet says, is like the spring. It grows on you and seduces Love, as the poet says, is like the spring. It grows on you and seduces you slowly and gently, but it holds tight like the roots of a tree. You don't know until you're ready to go that you can't move, that you would have to mutilate yourself in order to be free. That's the feeling. It doesn't last, at least it doesn't have to. But it holds on like a steel claw in your chest. Even if the tree dies, the roots cling to you. I've seen men and women give up everything for love that once was.
Walter Mosley Sayings: The girl was cinnamon colored in the way of Native America after it had been The girl was cinnamon colored in the way of Native America after it had been raped by Europe.
Walter Mosley Sayings: We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.
Walter Mosley Sayings: You have made Commerce a god that weighs on humanity like a twenty-four-pound boil on You have made Commerce a god that weighs on humanity like a twenty-four-pound boil on a man's back (117-118)
Walter Mosley Sayings: The way I write is this: I write about a thousand words a day, a The way I write is this: I write about a thousand words a day, a little bit more. The next morning, I read those thousand words and cursorily edit that. Then I write the next thousand. I do that all the way to the end of the book and then I reread the book quite a few times, editing as go through.
Walter Mosley Sayings: all those days I was walkin' on the streets, I kept thinkin' how special you all those days I was walkin' on the streets, I kept thinkin' how special you got to be to get born.
Walter Mosley Sayings: If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day ... You If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day ... You don't go to a well once but daily. You don't skip a child's breakfast or forget to wake up in the morning ...
Walter Mosley Sayings: We must remember that there's more than one story and plot in every novel. There We must remember that there's more than one story and plot in every novel. There are at least as many stories as there are main characters, and each of these stories has to have multiple plots to keep it going - blood and bone, nerve and tissue, forgotten longing and unknown events.
Walter Mosley Sayings: The great man say that life is pain," Coydog had said over eighty-five years before. The great man say that life is pain," Coydog had said over eighty-five years before. "That mean if you love life, then you love the hurt come along wit' it. Now, if that ain't the blues, I don't know what is.
Walter Mosley Sayings: You know, one of the interesting things you find about writing fiction is that any You know, one of the interesting things you find about writing fiction is that any fiction you write has to be political. Otherwise, it goes into the realm of fantasy. So like, if you write about a woman in America in 1910, if you don't write that she can't really control her property, that she can't - doesn't have any say over her children, that she can't vote - if you don't put that in it, then it's a fantasy. Like, well, how is her life informed? That's true about everybody. If you write about black people, you write about white men, I mean, it has to be political. A lot of people don't realize that, it seems.
Walter Mosley Sayings: I think that people don't know how to do anything anymore. My father was a I think that people don't know how to do anything anymore. My father was a janitor. He could take a car apart and put it back together. He could build a house in the back yard. Today, if you ask people what they know, they say, 'I know how to hire someone.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Every day that we wake up is a good day. Every breath that we take Every day that we wake up is a good day. Every breath that we take is filled with hope for a better day. Every word that we speak is a chance to change what is bad into something good.
Walter Mosley Sayings: if I had only picked up a telephone and spoken my heart. if I had only picked up a telephone and spoken my heart.
Walter Mosley Sayings: Librarians are wonderful people, partly because they are, on the whole, unaware of how dangerous Librarians are wonderful people, partly because they are, on the whole, unaware of how dangerous knowledge is. Karl Marx upended the political landscape of the twentieth century sitting at a library table. Still, modern librarians are more afraid of ingnorance than they are of the potential devastation that knowledge can bring. (p. 192)