"I want to promote poetry to the point where you got all the baldhead kids running around doing poetry, getting the music out of the way and having only words, the spoken word, and then see what happens."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Russell Simmons on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Russell Simmons on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Russell Simmons on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Russell Simmons on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Russell Simmons on Ray Charles
"Art allows people a way to dream their way out of their struggle."
"You know, the diversity that America has is so special. It's starting to really become a cool thing for young people."
"I try to make my life about service, and hope that one day we can all 'see' a little better because God is with everyone and everywhere."
"Poverty and lack of knowledge must be challenged."
"If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you're going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money."