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    I tell younger writers that indeed it is devastating to be rejected. You feel like the bottom dropped out of your world.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: world 
     
    Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: people 
     
    The main thing you got to remember is that everything in the world is a hustle.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: world 
     
    My parents were teachers and they went out of their way to see to it that I had books. We grew up in a home that was full of books. And so I learned to read. I loved to read.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: book  read  parent 
     
    I certainly wasn't seeking any degree, the way a college confers a status symbol upon its students. My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America. Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me, asking questions. One was, "What's your alma mater?" I told him, "Books.
    — Alex Haley
    I travel a lot. It used to be, when I would go to any country, I could guarantee that the first question would establish my name, and the fact that I've written Roots, and the third question, at least no later than the fourth question would not be a question, so much as a statement, something like, "We understand that in America white people do such and such bad things to black people."
    — Alex Haley
    Never completely encircle your enemy. Leave him some escape, for he will fight even more desperately if trapped.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: enemies  fight  enemy 
     
    Beginning writers must appreciate the prerequisites if they hope to become writers. You pay your dues - which takes years.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: hope  appreciate  year 
     
    When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand.
    — Alex Haley
    If you go back to before mankind came out of the cave, there was hatred.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: mankind  hatred 
     
    Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: reality 
     
    When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: people  earth 
     
    I wasn't going to be one of those people who died wondering what if? I would keep putting my dreams to the test - even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. This is the shadowland of hope, and anyone with a dream must learn to live there.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: failure  fear  people  living  live  learn  hope  dreams 
     
    I can't feel Irish to save my soul, but it's a fact.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: soul  facts 
     
    Brown people wouldn't speak to someone who was black.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: people  black 
     
    I know that statistically, it has been proven that there is a tremendous amount of black on black crime within the inner cities.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: crimes  black 
     
    Every time an old person dies, it's like a library burning down.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: time  people  die  library 
     
    Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: help 
     
    In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: hunger  loneliness 
     
    You have to deal with the fact that your life is your life.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: facts 
     
    Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: society  racism 
     
    Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: children  live  child 
     
    In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: future  past 
     
    It's an hour during the week where you can just slow down.
    — Alex Haley
    You can never enslave somebody who knows who he is.
    — Alex Haley
    Unless we learn from history, we are destined to repeat it. This is no longer merely an academic exercise, but may contain our worlds fate and our destiny.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: fate  world  learn  exercise 
     
    History is written by winners.
    — Alex Haley
    If you need to know history, the real story of those before you, then you should go to the library and read newspaper clippings of someone like Muhammad Ali every day, then it might giver you some understanding of the man.
    — Alex Haley
    You don't spend twenty years of your life in the service and not have a warm, nostalgic feeling left in you. It's a small service, and there's a lot of esprit de corps.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: service  year 
     
    In the bush, trust no one you don't know.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: trust 
     
    Your attitude is everything. Believe in yourself and trust your material. To be a successful writer, write every single day where you feel like it or not. Never, never give up, and the world will reward you beyond your wildest dreams.
    — Alex Haley
    Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia, West Africa, a manchild was born to Omoro and Binta Kinte.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: africa 
     
    Is this how you repay my goodness-with badness?" cried the boy. "Of course," said the crocodile out of the corner of his mouth. "That is the way of the world.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: world  boys 
     
    I acknowledge immense debt to the griots [tribal poets] of Africa - where today it is rightly said that when a griot dies, it is as if a library has burned to the ground.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: die  africa  library 
     
    The way to succeed is never quit. That's it. But really be humble about it. ... You start out lowly and humble and you carefully try to learn an accretion of little things that help you get there.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: help  learn 
     
    My fondest hope is that 'Roots' may start black, white, brown, red, yellow people digging back for their own roots. Man, that would make me feel 90 feet tall.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: men  people  hope  black 
     
    I look at my books the way parents look at their children. The fact that one becomes more successful than the others doesn't make me love the less successful one any less.
    — Alex Haley
    That's what happens with writing. Ingredients bubble and cook. Material becomes substance.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: writing 
     
    We all suffer. If a man's wise, he learns from it.
    — Alex Haley
    tags: wise  learn 
     
    Find the Good and Praise it" by Alex Haley
    — Alex Haley
    tags: praise 
     
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    alex haley
    Birth    : August 11, 1921
    Death  : February 10, 1992
    Occupation  : Writer