"I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I've been going by Yasiin since '99. At first it was just for friends and family, but now I'm declaring it openly."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Mos Def on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Mos Def on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Mos Def on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Mos Def on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Mos Def on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"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."