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

    Week   Hours   Slow Down  
  • Your attitude is everything. Believe in yourself and trust your material. To be a successful writer, write every single day where you feel like it or not. Never, never give up, and the world will reward you beyond your wildest dreams.

  • 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.

    Type   Mankind   Curse  
  • 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 certainly wasn't seeking any degree, the way a college confers a status symbol upon its students. My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America. Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me, asking questions. One was, "What's your alma mater?" I told him, "Books.

  • 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.

    Men   Roots   Yellow  
  • The way to succeed is never quit. That's it. But really be humble about it. ... You start out lowly and humble and you carefully try to learn an accretion of little things that help you get there.

    Time   Humble   Trying  
  • Is this how you repay my goodness--with badness?” cried the boy. “Of course,” said the crocodile out of the corner of his mouth. “That is the way of the world.

    Boys   World   Mouths  
    Alex Haley (2016). “Roots: The Saga of an American Family”, p.11, Da Capo Press
  • If you need to know history, the real story of those before you, then you should go to the library and read newspaper clippings of someone like Muhammad Ali every day, then it might giver you some understanding of the man.

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

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

    Cities   Black   Crime  
  • 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.

    Library   Today   Debt  
  • 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.

  • Raw, naked truth exchanged between the black man and the white man is what a whole lot more of is needed in this country - to clear the air of the racial mirages, cliches, and lies that this country's very atmosphere has been filled with for four hundred years.

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

  • I travel a lot. It used to be, when I would go to any country, I could guarantee that the first question would establish my name, and the fact that I've written Roots, and the third question, at least no later than the fourth question would not be a question, so much as a statement, something like, "We understand that in America white people do such and such bad things to black people."

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

    Reader's Digest, 1987.
  • I am really quite proud of most of the people I " know who have "made it," who do things to help people.

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

    Black   Equal   Persons  
  • That's what happens with writing. Ingredients bubble and cook. Material becomes substance.

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

  • You're always being judged. No matter what you do, it's not the right thing. If you didn't become successful, then you'd be pointed at as one of those creatures down their who didn't take advantage of this or that, who didn't climb and rise and so forth.

  • History is written by winners.

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

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

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

    Alex Haley (2007). “Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots”, Reader's Digest Association
  • Racism and hatred are synonymous.

    Racism   Hatred  
  • When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand.

    Alex Haley (2016). “Roots: The Saga of an American Family”, p.327, Da Capo Press
  • 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.

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

    Family   Talking   Alex  
    "Race: Haley's Rx: Talk, Write, Reunite" in TIME magazine, February 14, 1977.
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