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    The artist must elect to fight for Freedom or for Slavery.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: freedom  fight  slavery  artist 
     
    This is our home and this is our country. Beneath its soil lie bones of our fathers; for it some of them fought, bled, and died. Here we were born and here we will stay.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: lies 
     
    In my music, my plays, my films, I want to carry always this central idea: to be African.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: music  film 
     
    My future depends mostly upon myself.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: future 
     
    We must join with the tens of millions all over the world who see in peace our most sacred responsibility.
    — Paul Robeson
    I've learned that my people are not the only ones oppressed... I have sung my songs all over the world and everywhere found that some common bond makes the people of all lands take to Negro songs as their own.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: people  world  song 
     
    The intolerance of the few, or the risk of it, carries the day against the wider humanity of the many.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: humanity  risk 
     
    When I sang my American folk melodies in Budapest, Prague, Tiflis, Moscow, Oslo, or the Hebrides or on the Spanish front, the people understood and wept or rejoiced with the spirit of the songs. I found that where forces have been the same, whether people weave, build, pick cotton, or dig in the mine, they understand each other in the common language of work, suffering, and protest.
    — Paul Robeson
    We ask for nothing that is not ours by right, and herein lies the great moral power of our demand.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: power  lies  right  morals 
     
    In Russia I felt for the first time like a full human being. No color prejudice like in Mississippi, no color prejudice like in Washington. It was the first time I felt like a human being.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: time  human  prejudice  russia 
     
    We [must] realize that our future lies chiefly in our own hands.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: future  lies 
     
    Through my singing and acting and speaking, I want to make freedom ring. Maybe I can touch people's hearts better than I can their minds, with the common struggle of the common man.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: men  freedom  heart  struggle  mind 
     
    Whether I am or am not a Communist is irrelevant. The question is whether American citizens, regardless of their political beliefs or sympathies, may enjoy their constitutional rights.
    — Paul Robeson
    Art is not just to show life as it is, but to show life as it should be.
    — Paul Robeson
    As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: peace  silence  artist 
     
    To be free . . . to walk the good American earth as equal citizens, to live without fear, to enjoy the fruits of our toil, to give our children every opportunity in life-that dream which we have held so long in our hearts is today the destiny that we hold in our hands.
    — Paul Robeson
    I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably: I belong to the American resistance movement which fights against American imperialism, just as the resistance movement fought against Hitler.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: fight  american 
     
    Artists are the gate keepers of truth. We are civilization's radical voice.
    — Paul Robeson
    The faces and the tactics of the leaders may change every four years, or two, or one, but the people go on forever.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: people  forever  leader  year 
     
    My father was a slave and my people died to build this country and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: people  father 
     
    Every artist, every scientist, every writer must decide now where he stands. The artist must take sides. He must elect to fight for freedom or for slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative.
    — Paul Robeson
    The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic but to end the injustice.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: silence 
     
    Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: people  live  world  fight  democracy 
     
    Yes, peace can and must be won, to save the world from the terrible destruction of World War III.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: peace  world  destruction  war 
     
    As Americans, preserving the best of our traditions, we have the right- nay the duty-to fight for participation in the forward march of humanity
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: humanity  fight  american 
     
    Americans will be amazed to find ho many of the modern dance steps are relics of the African heritage.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: dance  american 
     
    At every step the vast majority have expressed horror at the idea of an aggressive war.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: horror  war  ideas  majority 
     
    I shall take my voice wherever there are those who want to hear the melody of freedom
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: freedom 
     
    The course of history can be changed but not halted.
    — Paul Robeson
    Freedom is a hard-bought thing and millions are in chains, but they strain toward the new day drawing near.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: freedom 
     
    You know I am an actor, and I have medals for diction.
    — Paul Robeson
    I stand here struggling for the rights of my people to be full citizens in this country. They are not-in Mississippi. They are not-in Montgomery. That is why I am here today. . . . You want to shut up every colored person who wants to fight for the rights of his people!.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: people  fight  right 
     
    I feel closer to my country than ever. There is no longer a feeling of lonesome isolation. Instead-peace. I return without fearing prejudice that once bothered me . . . for I know that people practice cruel bigotry in their ignorance, not maliciously
    — Paul Robeson
    The patter of their feet as they walk through Jim Crow barriers to attend school is the thunder of the marching men of Joshua, and the world rocks beneath their tread.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: men  world  school 
     
    You want to shut up every Negro who has the courage to stand up and fight for the rights of his people, for the rights of workers, and I have been on many a picket line for the steelworkers too.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: people  fight  right  courage 
     
    I learned that along with the towering achievements of the cultures of ancient Greece and China there stood the culture of Africa, unseen and denied by the imperialist looters of Africa's material wealth.
    — Paul Robeson
    Get them to sing your song and they will want to know who you are.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: song 
     
    I did a long concert tour in England and Denmark and Sweden, and I also sang for the Soviet people, one of the finest musical audiences in the world.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: people  world  england 
     
    The talents of an artist, small or large, are God-given... They are a sacred trust.
    — Paul Robeson
    tags: trust  talent  sacred  artist 
     
    If the American Negro is to have a culture of his own he will have to leave America to get it.
    — Paul Robeson
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