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My Favorite Personal Quotes

Below you will find a listing of my favorite quotes by Alex Haley that I rounded up for your reading pleasure. Once again, we at New York Poet personally thank you for supporting and visiting our web site.

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Famous Quotes By Alexander Murray Palmer Haley

"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
"In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future." ~ Alex Haley
"When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth." ~ Alex Haley
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." ~ Alex Haley
"Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help." ~ Alex Haley
"Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you." ~ Alex Haley
"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
"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
"In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it." ~ Alex Haley
"I think one of the most fascinating things you can do after you learn about your own people is to study something about the history and culture of other people." ~ Alex Haley
"History is written by the winners." ~ Alex Haley
"Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people." ~ Alex Haley
"You can never enslave somebody who knows who he is." ~ Alex Haley
"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
"Never completely encircle your enemy. Leave him some escape, for he will fight even more desperately if trapped." ~ Alex Haley
"We all suffer. If a man's wise, he learns from it." ~ Alex Haley
"When an old person dies it's like a library burning." ~ Alex Haley
"Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics." ~ 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
"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
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