"Every once in a while, you live long enough to get the respect that people didn't want to give while you were trying to become a senior citizen."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Gil Scott-Heron on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Gil Scott-Heron on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Gil Scott-Heron on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Gil Scott-Heron on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Gil Scott-Heron on Abraham Lincoln
"You have to learn and keep learning."
"I've always had questions about what it meant to be a protester, to be in the minority. Are the people who are trying to find peace, who are trying to have the Constitution apply to everybody, are they really the radicals? We're not protesting from the outside. We're inside."
"Music has the power to make me feel good like nothing else does. It gives me some peace for a while. Takes me back to who I really am."
"Everything that's bad for you catches on too quickly in America, because that's the easiest thing to get people to invest in, the pursuits that are easy and destructive, the ones that bring out the least positive aspects of people."