"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."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Russell Simmons on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Russell Simmons on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Russell Simmons on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Russell Simmons on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Russell Simmons on Robert Frost
"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."