rad poets society

lucille-cliftonWe cannot create what we can’t imagine.  — Lucille Clifton

lorcaThere is no straight road, no straight road in this world, only a giant labyrinth of intersecting crossroads.  — Federico Garcia Lorca

anne-sextonPut your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. — Anne Sexton

shel-silversteinListen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts…then listen close to me. Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. — Shel Silverstein

langston-hughesI will not take “but” for an answer. — Langston Hughes

aa-milne-colorThe third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. –A.A. Milne

audre-lorde-yelloIt is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. — Audre Lorde

arthur-rimbaud Genius is the recovery of childhood at will. — Arthur Rimbaud

brendan-behanAt the innermost core of all loneliness is the deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self. — Brendan Behan

biggie-colorWe can’t change the world until we change ourselves. — Biggie Smalls

emerson For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

mos-def-cleanI don’t hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people — and they’re helpless with it. –Mos Def (aka Yasmin Bey)

borges Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence. — Jorge Luis Borges

cohen-color Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.  — Leonard Cohen

cohen-yesterday-color How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me? — Leonard Cohen

 dylan-blue We have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming.  — Bob Dylan

dylan-thomas Life always offers a second chance. It’s called tomorrow. — Dylan Thomas

gertrude-stein-color Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. — Gertrude Stein

leonard-cohen There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. — Leonard Cohen

leonard-love Love is the only engine of survival. — Leonard Cohen

nin-blueWe don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. –Anais Nin

anais-nin-new-yearI made no resolutions for the new year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. — Anais Nin

patti-smith-clean If I’ve learned one thing in life, it’s  not to be so judgmental of other people. — Patti Smith

poeYears of love have been forgot in the hatred of a minute.  — Edgar Allen Poe

bell-hooksWhen we are committed to doing the work of love, we listen even when it hurts. — bell hooks

rilke A person isn’t who they are during the last conversation you had with them. They’re who they’ve been throughout your whole relationship. — Rainer Maria Rilke

rza It’s harder to make the glass than break the glass.  — RZA

whitman-color Be curious, not judgmental. — Walt Whitman

woody-yelloGonna get through this world the best I can.  — Woody Guthrie

the wordy dozen.

malalaThe best way to solve problems and fight against war is through dialogue. –Malala Yousafzai

wes-andersonThere’s no story if there isn’t some conflict.  — Wes Anderson

mandelaIf you want to make peace with your enemy you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. — Nelson Mandela

baruch-spinozaPeace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. — Baruch Spinoza

mikhail-baryshnikov Be good. To yourself, to other people, to everything you do. It’s a norm of life by which people should try to live. Don’t waste time. Be interesting and interested. — Mikhail Baryshnikov

spike-jonzeI don’t know what life was like 1,000 years ago, but I imagine there was the same struggle: people trying to connect with each other. — Spike Jonze

jimi-hendrixWhen the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.  — Jimi Hendrix

john-hurtI’m only alive out of curiosity I’m curious where we’re all marching. — John Hurt, RIP

anne-frankDespite everything, I believe people are really good at heart. — Anne Frank

bowieGentleness clears the soul. Love cleans the mind. And makes it free  — Davide Bowie

piet-mondrianThe position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. — Piet Mondrian (Also true for mediators!)

marc-chagallIf I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. –Marc Chagall

honoring Black History Month.

mlk-quote Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

jimi-hendrixWhen the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. — Jimi Hendrix

obamaIf you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking to them in real life. — Barack Obama

anna-deavere-smith-color You have to listen with a heart. I don’t want to sound touchy-feely — it is not. It is very hard work.  — Anna Deavere Smith

john-lewisIf you’re not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look and just believe that if you are consistent, you will succeed. — John Lewis

audre-lorde It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize accept and celebrate those differences. — Audre Lorde

august-wilson Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. — August Wilson

ava-duvernay-color Nonviolence is pretty ballsy, pretty advanced weaponry. — Ava DuVernay

frederick-douglass If there is no struggle, there is no progress. — Frederick Douglass

laverne-cox Every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage everyone to interrogate how we might be an oppressor and how we might become liberator for ourselves and for each other.  — LaVerne Cox

stevie-wonderWe’re stuck in fear and in not wanting to cross that most important bridge of understanding that we’re more alike than not. — Stevie Wonder

mahalia-jackon The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient. — Mahalia Jackson

mingus-color Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple — that’s creativity. — Charles Mingus

rosa-parksIt takes more than one of us to bring about peace. It takes all of us. — Rosa Parks

ornette-colemanHuman existence exists on multiple level, not just on a two-dimensional lefel, not just being identified with what you do and say.  — Ornette Coleman

mos-def-cleanI don’t hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people — and they’re helpless with it.  — Mos Def/Yasiin Bey

bell-hooksWhen we are committed to doing the work of love, we listen even when it hurts. — bell hooks

reggie-watts When in doubt, zoom out. — Reggie Watts

ruby-dee The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.  — Ruby Dee

eubie-blake-color Be grateful for the luck, pay the thunder no mind — listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.  — Eubie Blake

gwen-ifill Change comes from listening, learning, caring and conversation.  — Gwen Ifill

wynton A musician’s whole life is to listen. — Wynton Marsalis

shirley-chisholm Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth. — Shirley Chisholm

rza It’s harder to make the glass than break the glass.  –RZA

rupaul You are none of the superficial things that the world deems important. The real you is the energy force that created the universe. — RuPaul

octavia-butler-color Kindness eases change. Love quiets fear.   — Octavia Butler

malcolm-yello There is nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. — Malcolm X

louis-armstrong I don’t let my mouth say nothing that my head can’t stand. — Louis Armstrong

kareem One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team. But one man cannot make a team.  — Kareem Adbul Jabbar

alice-walker-color Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want. — Alice Walker

dizzy-color When there’s no mutual respect, there’s trouble. — Dizzy Gillespie

hilton-alsYou’re not teaching anyone unless you’re learning yourself. — Hilton Als

james-baldwin I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once the hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with real pain.  — James Baldwin

ray-charles-color There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities. — Ray Charles

sidney-poitier-blueI have always been a learner because I knew nothing.  — Sidney Poitier

russell-simmons-cleanJudgement of the people in the situation is not helpful. How you can help them is the question.  — Russell Simmons

mlk-2Hate is too great a burden to bear. — Martin Luther King, Jr.