Quotes by Jamaican authors


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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'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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"I used to have this little mouse. I buy birds from the pet store and I let them go"
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"I like Flea, I like him as a musician"
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"I have to say that I got off very easy. There were incidents"
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"I let my game do the talking. I've had incidents like that but when I compare my own story to the stories that have happened forty or fifty years ago particularly to Jackie Robinson for example"
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"He actually came up to me and we started speaking. And from that conversation we were able to come to a meeting of the minds and it seemed as if it was clear to me that he wanted to do similar things to what I wanted to do"
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"I see myself more as an ambassador of the game. And I hope to bring chess to a higher level in the United States. Making bigger tournaments, more interesting events. Making it a respectable profession for young people to be able to pursue in the future"
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"Well, I'm still looking for Maurice Ashley. My essential qualities. I think that more than anything, I try to do the right thing, I think about doing the right thing"
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"His tenacity is unmatched in my opinion. Incredible how someone could have suffered that long and come back out of prison with such a good heart and positive things to say and do"
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"I think kids should have a mentor and a role model, but that they shouldn't take one person's opinion to be what we call final assessment or judgment about how life is supposed to be"
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"I do feel I have a responsibility to the youths. For real"
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"Sometimes you have to take a break from being a crazy kid. You can't be doing that all the time. Sometimes you just have to pay respect to your own simple-ness"
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"Please remember we all come from the same one and we will all return to that one, so there is no reason for fighting"
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"I would like to work with anyone in the business who wants to give respect back to the Jamaican vibe"
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"Dancehall is just like hip-hop in that it doesn't always talk about bling; it talks about conscious issues"
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"My lyrics come from my experiences growing up in life, trying to find out and express who I am. That's basically it. I'm not trying to be a prophet or anything like that. I'm just reflecting on life"
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"Music is your own talent and is an important tool. Even if you don't want to be a role model, get ready to be in the public eye. Energy is there, you just have to use it"
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"I want to give as many Canadians the opportunity to be successful and if we can use their athletic gifts to get them a free degree or a free diploma across the border then I guess I'm doing my job"
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"I think that every single person should play sports"
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"Every kid needs a mentor. Everybody needs a mentor"
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"Whenever my body heals and the pain and all the swelling goes away is when I'll be ready"
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"People want to listen to a message, word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody. I am not a leader. Messenger. The words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people"
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"Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?"
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"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain"
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