"My father always taught by telling stories about his experiences. His lessons were about morality and art and what insects and birds and human beings had in common. He told me what it meant to be a man and to be a Black man. He taught me about love and responsibility, about beauty, and how to make gumbo."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Walter Mosley on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Walter Mosley on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Walter Mosley on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Walter Mosley on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Walter Mosley on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"I think that people don't know how to do anything anymore. My father was a janitor. He could take a car apart and put it back together. He could build a house in the back yard. Today, if you ask people what they know, they say, 'I know how to hire someone.'"
"When you deal with a person who's experiencing dementia, you can see where they're struggling with knowledge. You can see what they forget completely, what they forget but they know what they once knew. You can tell how they're trying to remember."
"Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity."
"I took up writing to escape the drudgery of that every day cubicle kind of war."