Stanley Crouch Quotes

30 Stanley Crouch quotes:

"All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to, the ones we disagree with and the ones that we agree with."
"Louis Armstrong, who learned to be in exquisite dress, came from the bottom, and he's not a trash can."
"Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how to bring about the occasions that let people have that first-person experience - or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see human continuity as opposed to total threat, total willingness to do violence."
"Unfortunately, I'm not a person that's always capable of living up to the Boy Scout philosophy."
"You can meet a young person who goes to school and is really enthusiastic, but if a sufficiently strong personality convinces them that this is a waste of time, that person might flunk out."
"As you know from reading many of these Negro writers, we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that."
"Big business, for all its lobbying, is often put in line by investigative reporting, public scandals and multi-million-dollar judgments in court against those who put products on the market that are dangerous to their buyers."
"But the myth of violent solutions as the ultimate solutions maintains itself in much of popular media."
"Getting to the pint where the other is not the enemy is a big leap."
"I also wanted to do something that I hadn't really seen in almost any black novels, which was a complex love story in which both people were extremely intelligent and talented and understood a lot of things and were still at odds getting it together."
"Our society has gotten to the point where we might soon become less and less shocked by any kind of violence."
"Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don't know what's going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA."
"Under popular culture's obsession with a naive inclusion, everything is O.K."
"When you're artistic director of a program, you present the music you want to present."
"If there's an intellectual highway, there's also an intellectual subway."
"Now the writing in the head, I definitely do every day, thinking about how I want to phrase something or how I'd like to rephrase something I've already written."
"The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation was not brought to an end, nor redneck violence dramatically reduced, by violence."
"The point is, you have an ethnic heritage and you have a human heritage. Your human heritage includes everything of human value."
"You'd never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism."
"Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you're from, what your class is - those aspects of your identity are not the same as your aesthetic identity."

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