"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?"
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Mos Def on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Mos Def on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Mos Def on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Mos Def on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Mos Def on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"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."
"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."
"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."
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