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Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die."

Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die.




Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something."

Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.




Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "America .. the international Jekyll and Hyde ... the land of a thousand disguises, sneaks up on you but rarely surprises"

America .. the international Jekyll and Hyde ... the land of a thousand disguises, sneaks up on you but rarely surprises



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "If someone comes to you and asks for help, and you can help them, you're supposed to help them. Why wouldn't you? You have been put in the position somehow to be able to help this person."

If someone comes to you and asks for help, and you can help them, you're supposed to help them. Why wouldn't you? You have been put in the position somehow to be able to help this person.




Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "The way you get to know yourself is by the expressions on other people's faces, because that's the only thing that you can see, unless you carry a mirror about."

The way you get to know yourself is by the expressions on other people's faces, because that's the only thing that you can see, unless you carry a mirror about.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Music has the power to make me feel good like nothing else does. It gives me some peace for a while. Takes me back to who I really am."

Music has the power to make me feel good like nothing else does. It gives me some peace for a while. Takes me back to who I really am.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "The revolution will be no re-run brothers, The revolution will be live."

The revolution will be no re-run brothers, The revolution will be live.




Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I don't mind being criticized. I enjoy being criticized personally, not by rumor."

I don't mind being criticized. I enjoy being criticized personally, not by rumor.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "A good poet feels what his community feels. Like if you stub your toe, the rest of your body hurts."

A good poet feels what his community feels. Like if you stub your toe, the rest of your body hurts.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I cannot afford to watch Fox News."

I cannot afford to watch Fox News.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Colour is not the issue in America; class is."

Colour is not the issue in America; class is.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "All the dreams you show up in are not your own."

All the dreams you show up in are not your own.




Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I try not to take people who haven't really thought out what they're doing too seriously. I try not to let them get in the way of what I feel I need to do."

I try not to take people who haven't really thought out what they're doing too seriously. I try not to let them get in the way of what I feel I need to do.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "If we meet somebody who has never made a mistake, lets help them start a religion. Until then, were just going to meet other humans and help to make each other better."

If we meet somebody who has never made a mistake, lets help them start a religion. Until then, were just going to meet other humans and help to make each other better.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Womenfolk raised me and I was full-grown before I knew I came from a broken home"

Womenfolk raised me and I was full-grown before I knew I came from a broken home



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I work hard at it [delivery of lyrics], just like I worked hard at getting my masters degree. It's not just something I sit down and do. You have to learn and keep learning."

I work hard at it [delivery of lyrics], just like I worked hard at getting my masters degree. It's not just something I sit down and do. You have to learn and keep learning.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "The revolution that takes place in your head, nobody will ever see that."

The revolution that takes place in your head, nobody will ever see that.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "The revolution will not be televised."

The revolution will not be televised.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I think that the more people who speak out, and say things and take stands on positions that will better our community, the better off each and every other individual artist or otherwise, will be."

I think that the more people who speak out, and say things and take stands on positions that will better our community, the better off each and every other individual artist or otherwise, will be.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "A lot of folks are so busy trying to get their groceries together that they don't have time to do research. I have time. Maybe that's the main difference."

A lot of folks are so busy trying to get their groceries together that they don't have time to do research. I have time. Maybe that's the main difference.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I tour more than I need to, more than is good for you. But it's my favorite part of music. I much prefer it to studio work."

I tour more than I need to, more than is good for you. But it's my favorite part of music. I much prefer it to studio work.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "As for money - when I have it, it's great. When I don't, I go get some. I've been a dishwasher, a gardener, a cleaner."

As for money - when I have it, it's great. When I don't, I go get some. I've been a dishwasher, a gardener, a cleaner.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "The way you get to know yourself is by the expression on other people's faces."

The way you get to know yourself is by the expression on other people's faces.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I don't see any independent position that I'm in; it's rather inter-dependent."

I don't see any independent position that I'm in; it's rather inter-dependent.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Our accomplishments show what kind of people we are."

Our accomplishments show what kind of people we are.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I am honestly not sure how capable I am of love. And I'm not sure why."

I am honestly not sure how capable I am of love. And I'm not sure why.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "My songs were always about the tone of voice rather than the words."

My songs were always about the tone of voice rather than the words.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "You never cared enough to be Black"

You never cared enough to be Black



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Every once in a while, you live long enough to get the respect that people didn't want to give while you were trying to become a senior citizen."

Every once in a while, you live long enough to get the respect that people didn't want to give while you were trying to become a senior citizen.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "If you aren't having no fun, die, because you're running a worthless program, far as I'm concerned."

If you aren't having no fun, die, because you're running a worthless program, far as I'm concerned.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Schedule? I have no schedule. There is no hurry. I work when I want to."

Schedule? I have no schedule. There is no hurry. I work when I want to.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Angel dust won't go away. Somefolks who were smoking it were going away."

Angel dust won't go away. Somefolks who were smoking it were going away.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "You should be able to do anything you can afford as an adult."

You should be able to do anything you can afford as an adult.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I don't suspect that in many instances the artists who are dedicated in that fashion to the progress of that community are as well protected by the community as might be necessary."

I don't suspect that in many instances the artists who are dedicated in that fashion to the progress of that community are as well protected by the community as might be necessary.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I think a whole lot of stuff gets by people - I could name half a dozen groups that do songs that are openly supportive of experimentation with drugs, nobody ever said anything to them."

I think a whole lot of stuff gets by people - I could name half a dozen groups that do songs that are openly supportive of experimentation with drugs, nobody ever said anything to them.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I learnt early on that your audience take the songs in the way they want to rather than the way you might want them too."

I learnt early on that your audience take the songs in the way they want to rather than the way you might want them too.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I was one of the first three black students to go to an all-white school in Tennessee."

I was one of the first three black students to go to an all-white school in Tennessee.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I was a better writer when I was teaching. I was constantly going over the basics and constantly reminding myself, as I reminded my students, what made a good story, a good poem."

I was a better writer when I was teaching. I was constantly going over the basics and constantly reminding myself, as I reminded my students, what made a good story, a good poem.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I was a piano player before I was a poet."

I was a piano player before I was a poet.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "Every show that sells out is like a hero's welcome for me."

Every show that sells out is like a hero's welcome for me.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "You can have a poem like "B-Movie" and sum up thirty conversations that people have had on the subject, but I wrote it down, and other people didn't."

You can have a poem like "B-Movie" and sum up thirty conversations that people have had on the subject, but I wrote it down, and other people didn't.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "I don't think people in power have the potential to do anything like that to me. I feel as though as long as our music is available, folks are going to hear it."

I don't think people in power have the potential to do anything like that to me. I feel as though as long as our music is available, folks are going to hear it.



Gil Scott-Heron Quotes: "It may be crazy, but I'm the closest thing I have to a voice of reason."

It may be crazy, but I'm the closest thing I have to a voice of reason.