63 Quotes Only Smart People Understand

mpua_lgVincent Cushite is one of the best knowledge curator and original thinker of our generation of African activists. He has hundreds of followers who devour the endless nuggets of wisdom he shares on social medias.

Earlier this week, I’ve asked him to share with SiliconAfrica’s audience, his selective collection of the best quotes only smart people understand. Here they are. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

“It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.” ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


“The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.” ~J.K. Galbraith

“Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over.” ~Fannie Lou Hamer


“Civilizations have been born and completed and then forgotten again and again. There is nothing new under the sun. What is, has been. All that we learn and discover has existed before; our inventions and discoveries are but reinventions, rediscoveries.” ~James Churchward


“We need to make our own miracles, it is a wasted exercise to just wait for miracles to happen; they need a spark of energy and desire to make them come true.” ~Steven Redhead


“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.” ~Aldous Huxley


“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled, This could change your life.” ~Helen Exley


“Your mind can be either your prison or your palace. What you make it is yours to decide.” ~Bernard Kelvin Clive


“And what greater might do we possess as human beings than our capacity to question and to learn?” ~Ann Druyan


“The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences.” ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton


“Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.” ~Ivan Pavlov


“An optimist is neither naive, nor blind to the facts, nor in denial of grim reality. An optimist believes in the optimal usage of all options available, no matter how limited. As such, an optimist always sees the big picture. How else to keep track of all that’s out there? An optimist is simply a proactive realist.” ~Vera Nazarian


“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences…” ~Susan B. Anthony


“I guess I’ve spent my life listening to what wasn’t being said.” ~Eli Khamarov


“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ~Mark Twain


“The ancestors are not dead. They are not gone. Their energy is around you. We are constantly being bombarded by that energy. We can listen to it. We can call upon it. Unless we are in touch with that energy, we cannot be.” ~Dr. Fu Kiau Bunseki, African scholar


“Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.” ~Susan B. Anthony


“Man must learn to increase his sense of responsibility and of the fact that everything he does will have its consequences.” ~African (Kemetic) proverb


“It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where people don’t care to do anything, they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done.” ~Robert South


“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ~George Orwell


“Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.” ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton


“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a wide-spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.” ~Bertrand Russell


“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.” ~Noam Chomsky


“A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.” ~Viktor Frankl


“That only a few, under any circumstances, protest against the injustice of long-established laws and customs, does not disprove the fact of the oppressions, while the satisfaction of the many, if real only proves their apathy and deeper degradation.” ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton


“If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.” ~Albert Camus


“I am not the opposite of any human being.” ~Cushite


“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.” ~Philip K. Dick


“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ~Zora Neale Hurston


“So far, the reality is that the whole of religion has only been death-oriented rather than life-oriented. What has been important about religions is what comes after death, not what is before death. Up to now, the viewpoints of religions has been to revere death, not life. Nowhere is the reverence of the flowers of life to be found; everywhere there are only eulogies and reverence for dead flowers, withered flowers, flowers that have gone to their graves.” ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho)


“The ‘self-image’ is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.” ~Maxwell Maltz


“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.” ~Thomas Merton


“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” ~John Adams


“No one and nothing outside of you can give you salvation, or free you from the misery. You have to light your own lamp. You have to know the miniature universe that you yourself are.” ~Banani Ray


“They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces.” ~Richard Wright


“The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.” ~Soren Kierkegaard


“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” ~Martin Luther King Jr


“If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel it’s warmth.” ~African proverb


“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]… That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.” ~Newt Gingrich


“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” ~John F. Kennedy


“Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.” ~Ambrose Bierce


“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” ~Ambrose Bierce


“Here I am, back in Mecca. I am still traveling, trying to broaden my mind, for I’ve seen too much of the damage narrow-mindedness can make of things, and when I return home to America, I will devote what energies I have to repairing the damage.” ~Malcolm X


“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.” ~Kwame Nkrumah


“The news isn’t there to tell you what happened. It’s there to tell you what it wants you to hear or what it thinks you want to hear.” ~Joss Whedon


“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.” ~Adolf Hitler


“The American people are free to do exactly what they are told.” ~Ward Churchill


“It is always a much easier task to educate uneducated people than to re-educate the mis-educated.” ~Herbert M. Shelton


“Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.” ~Lysander Spooner


“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ~George Orwell


“We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.” ~B.W. Powell


“This is where I get in trouble with Spanish-speaking people, because they want to take credit for something that they didn’t create. The music that we have today and we call cumbia, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha, bolero, bossa nova… it comes from Africa, man! I tell people, “Look, chicken soup was invented in Africa, not in Puerto Rico or Cuba.” So I get in trouble, because people say, “How can you say that?” Well, it’s easy: I’ve been to Africa, and I know where it came from!” ~Carlos Santana, musician”


Religion never enters thru the gate, (door) of the heart, only the mind, which is usually a fence or is fenced in. Jesus referred to religion as a thief, that comes to still kill and destroy. Religious stagnation, becomes religious strangulation and spiritual suffocation.” ~Carlton Pearson, Bishop


“If I told you to wish for good health, you would think I’m ridiculous; but when I exchange the word “wish” for the word “pray”, you believe it can work. That is the disempowering delusion religions have brought us.” ~Steve Maraboli 


“No one and nothing outside of you can give you salvation, or free you from the misery. You have to light your own lamp. You have to know the miniature universe that you yourself are.” ~Banani Ray 


“Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.” ~Lysander Spooner 


“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
~Edward L. Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud 


“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” ~Alice Walker 


“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” ~Muhammad Ali 


“Coffee and love taste best when hot.” ~African (Ethiopian) proverb 


#61. “What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.” ~Alice Walker 


#62. “Never wound a snake; kill it.” ~Harriet Tubman 


#.63 “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” ~Harriet Tubman


About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at mk@linkcrafter.com.

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