"I can't control what people think. I'm not trying to manipulate people's thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It's machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Mos Def on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Mos Def on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Mos Def on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Mos Def on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Mos Def on Mark Twain
"And remember don't high post when you're far from home, and high posting when you're all alone."
"Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can't articulate."
"With guys I revere, like Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X, their look is less about style than purpose and the expression of beauty. It wasn't just about being noticed, you know?"
"Focused. I'm a hustler. And my hustle is trying to figure out the best ways to do what I like without having to do much else."
"I know what it feels like to have the door slammed firmly in my face, so I'm cool with that."
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