"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."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Mos Def on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Mos Def on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Mos Def on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Mos Def on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Mos Def on Dalai Lama
"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?"
"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."