Quotes by Jamaican authors


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"This dragonfly came up to me. He was hovering right in front of my face, and I was really examining him, thinking, How does he see me? I became enlightened"
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"I've opened up more by traveling outside Jamaica. It helps me to grow as a person to be outside of my element; to be on my own in a strange place meeting people"
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"I think my type of personality has all music inside of it, so I am full of music, without even knowing it, without even learning it, without even hearing it"
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"I don't have to wait to realize the good old days"
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"If it is, it is, If it's not, it's not"
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"I think it's wrong the way they criminalize herb. There are many more uses than just smoking. Beneficial to mankind"
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"I don't care what you play, where you're from, who you produce. It depends on what you're doing when you're with me. That's what counts. I don't pre-judge anything or anybody"
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"I am a leader. Leaders always get heat. They're always going against the grain. Jimi Hendrix got heat; Bob Marley got heat; Miles Davis got heat. Every great artist got heat. Heat means you're doing something right"
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"Last time I was in Jamaica I financed a teacher to teach in an orphanage"
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"The political system is not for the people. The people are secondary to the economy. It's about what generates money, not about what benefits the people"
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"Love is more than one thing"
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"Jamaica has problems; America has problems; everywhere has problems"
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"If religion had a good purpose, then man would have created something great. But we're man: we mess up everything. We mess up nature. We mess up God. We take what is given to us and make it into what we think it should be"
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"URGE is a grassroots charity. We organized to get some incubators to give to the hospital for the kids. We donate money to orphanages"
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"God is like the sun. When the sun shines, it shines for everyone. God is for everyone"
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"I think that by and large chess players have been very kind. Like I said there have been a few incidents, but they certainly didn't serve to bring me down any"
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"I rented a house, recorded the stuff in a house. Just took my time 'cuz sometimes it's just rush, rush, rush. I just wanna live and play music"
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"Yoga is a great thing and meditation is also great to get connected to yourself more"
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"When people come to Jamaica, we don't want them to think about the problems of Jamaica. So let them come be in their paradise"
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"I left Jamaica for a while, because as an artist I need to experience different things, see the world, have different energies. Living in one place is not good for me"
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"I just got into the Beatles a couple years ago, you know, I like it"
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"I don't think we should do anything that should make the people hate the American people more"
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"I am not reggae, I am me. I am bigger than the limits that are put on me. It all has to do with the individual journey"
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"I am expressing myself truthfully. That is an important thing"
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"I'm not an American, Do they count the votes in America? I haven't voted in Jamaica either"
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"In my songs, the sex is all subliminal. It's subliminal, spiritual"
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"Working on my own gave me a chance to take my time and experiment a lot"
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"I've tried body surfing. It's nice"
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"I was in my yard and thought that the tree was a living being. We take trees for granted. We don't believe they are as much alive as we are"
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