"I know what it feels like to have the door slammed firmly in my face, so I'm cool with that."
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."Mos Def on Thomas Jefferson
"Rather be dead than cool."Mos Def on Kurt Cobain
"All women do have a different sense of sexuality, or sense of fun, or sense of like what's sexy or cool or tough."Mos Def on Angelina Jolie
"Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."Mos Def on Walt Whitman
"It's really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof."Mos Def on Bill Gates
"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 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."