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  • Try to just be true to ourselves, whoever we are, but willing to grow, even as we're true to ourselves.

    "Cornel West Reconsiders President Obama". "Talk of the Nation" with Tony Cox, August 2, 2010.
  • The interesting thing for me is, if that had been a left-wing person raising questions, [President Obama] probably would have expressed his anger. Because Obama really does get upset about progressives.

  • When you say that [Martin Luther] King was a prophet, you don't say that he predicted anything; you say that he bore witness. He left a committed life so that people would never forget the suffering of people that he was connected to. King was prophetic because he lived a committed life. Now he did critique society, saying you're going to go under if you don't treat your poor right. I mean, that is part of prophetic calling, but it's not predicting anything.

  • Poor people can be greedy, too. It's just that they don't have any material resources. We need shaping of the souls as well as shaping of our institutions.

  • Faith is stepping out on nothing and landing on something.

    Cornel West (1993). “Prophetic Fragments”, p.7, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • You can't lead the people if you don't love the people. You can't save the people if you don't serve the people.

    Twitter post from Oct 19, 2010
  • We will not allow this day of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to go without somebody going to jail.

  • Like Richard Ellmann on James Joyce, Arnold Rampersad on Ralph Ellison is in a class of its own. His masterful and magisterial book is the most powerful and profound treatment of Ellison's undeniable artistic genius, deep personal flaws, and controversial political evolution. And he reveals an Ellison unbeknownst to all of us. From now on, all serious scholarship on Ellison must begin with Rampersad's instant and inimitable classic in literary biography.

  • Success is such a relative thing for me. I'm fundamentally a Christian which means that ultimately all of the penultimate titles and things you just had to wear with a loose garment. Really.

  • Music at its the grand archeology into and transfiguration of our guttural cry, the great human effort to grasp in time our deepest passions and yearnings as prisoners of time. Profound music leads us--beyond language--to the dark roots of our scream and the celestial heights of our silence.

  • In that chocolate side of town, in my blessed city of Sacramento, California - that was beginning of my death shudders, that's why Kierkegaard and Kafka began to make sense to me when I was very, very young - that radical sense fragility of life and inevitability of death; those trucks coming, if the truck came at a same time I was on the bridge, I was in the creek -my body would be the culinary delight of terrestrial worms.

    "Cornel West, 'Living And Loving Out Loud'". "Talk of the Nation" with Neal Conan, October 29, 2009.
  • We don't hear our president [Barack Obama] talking about the need for high-quality jobs for everybody, giving it priority, not just giving a speech in Detroit. That's fine, but speaking to Tim Geithner, speaking to Larry Summers. When are you going to make jobs, jobs, jobs a priority rather than Wall Street, Wall Street, Wall Street a priority? That's what I'm concerned about.

  • Fantasies are real. They have effects on your soul, even though, as I was too young to really step forward.

    "Cornel West, 'Living And Loving Out Loud'". "Talk of the Nation" with Neal Conan, October 29, 2009.
  • Part of the challenge of the Barack Obama campaign was to try to neutralize that white backlash, and of course, he was masterful in doing that.

    "Cornel West Reconsiders President Obama". "Talk of the Nation" with Tony Cox, August 2, 2010.
  • I like to be multi-contextual, which is much more important than being multicultural.

    Twitter post from Aug 04, 2010
  • Martin Luther King's legacy is never to be measured by bricks and mortar, but rather by the kind of lives that we live, and the kind of love and service that we render.

  • Christians got a lot of work to do. But, the spirit of Dorothy Day is alive. Martin Luther King is still alive. Malcolm X and the prophetic Islamic tradition is still alive. We can't lose sight of those prophetic religious folk who, even given their kin in the same tradition, says, you all are wrong on this, but we're still in the same tradition.

  • Our politicians have sacrificed their principles on the altar of special interests; our corporate leaders have sacrificed their integrity on the altar of profits; and our media watchdogs have sacrificed the voice of dissent on the altar of audience competition.

    Cornel West (2005). “Democracy matters: winning the fight against imperialism”, Penguin Classics
  • Anybody who takes Martin Luther King seriously has got to go beyond the standard understanding of who he was, has to connect those dots.

  • Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people's culture and working people's culture and so forth.

    "Cornel West INTERVIEW: Don’t Appoint Larry Summers As An Economic Adviser And Tell Me You’re Progressive". December 3, 2009.
  • He[Michael Jackson] had a joy in being alive. There was a joy you felt of him on the stage and making us not just feel good but pushing us against ourselves with the "Man in the Mirror," looking at ourselves critically, "Black or White," what does it mean to get caught in a color as opposed to a rich history and culture?

  • We live in a predatory capitalist society in which everything is for sale. Everybody is for sale, so there is ubiquitous commodification - be it of music, food, people, or parking meters.

  • I just don't want the fear from the right to be used by the [Barack] Obama administration to silence critics. We have to be willing to tell the truth because we're trying to speak about conditions that are being rendered invisible in our prisons and schools in the hood and so forth and so on.

  • Black people have been working hard for decades.

    "CNN Hosts Leftists Saying Cain Should Get Off 'Crack Pipe'". Interview with Suzanne Malveaux, October 10, 2011.
  • You're going to end up with a government in Egypt that is concerned about the precious Palestinians, the same way we ought to be concerned about both precious Palestinians and precious Jews.

  • When you love people, you give them a priority. You have a sense of urgency about their pain.

  • Of course, the aim of a constitutional democracy is to safeguard the rights of the minority and avoid the tyranny of the majority. (p. 102)

  • Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.

    Cornel West (2000). “Race Matters”, p.16, Beacon Press
  • Profound music leads us beyond the dark roots of our scream and the celestial heights of our silence.

    Cornel West (1999). “The Cornel West Reader”, p.17, Basic Books
  • Our problem is that we don't have enough people in America, including black people, who are progressive and willing to sacrifice their popularity in order to tell the truth.

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    Cornel West

    • Born: June 2, 1953
    • Occupation: Philosopher