Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by 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
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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
In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
Alex Haley
If you're blessed to do something like 'Roots'... you find yourself immersed. You're asked to do this, to do that - all for admirable causes. But you're just swamped.
Alex Haley
In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it.
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
Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.
Alex Haley
Most of the people I've met who are black in other countries look up to the blacks in this country. Though they may talk differently, they are anxious to partake of this country simply because things in their country are not physically on par with what they are here.
Alex Haley
Two years passed, and I had no second book to follow 'Roots.' Four years passed, six years. When a decade had passed without me having another book to follow 'Roots,' I was having serious private frustrations with myself.
Alex Haley
To the best of my knowledge and of my effort, every lineage statement within 'Roots' is from either my African or American families' carefully preserved oral history, much of which I have been able conventionally to corroborate with documents.
Alex Haley
If you think about it, there's not a religious group, there's not a nationalistic group, there's not a tribe, there is no grouping of people to my knowledge, of any consequence, who have not, at one or another time, been the object of hatred, racism, or who has not had people against them just because they were them.
Alex Haley
Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.
Alex Haley
I know Juffure was a British trading post and my portrait of the village bears no resemblance to the way it was. But the portrait I gave was true of nearly all the other villages in Gambia. I, we, need a place called Eden. My people need Pilgrim's Rock.
Alex Haley
I think from what I personally know, I am really quite proud of most of the people I know who have 'made it,' who do things to help people.
Alex Haley
A word, for example, that is negative, pejorative, and has caused more pain and suffering is 'illegitimate.' But every person has a mother and father. It is another way we let society hurt others.
Alex Haley
Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people.
Alex Haley
He was always - I like to say of Malcolm - he was just simply electrical. Everything he did almost was dramatic, and it wasn't that he was trying to be: it was just the nature of him.
Alex Haley
The money I have made and will be making means nothing to me compared to the fact that about half of the black people I meet - ranging from the most sophisticated to the least sophisticated - say to me, 'I'm proud of you.' I feel strongly about always earning that and never letting black people down.
Alex Haley
When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.
Alex Haley
If somebody comes up and says something good about you, that is never taken as an adhesive thing like something negative about you.
Alex Haley
My own perception of Malcolm was one of something that bordered on fascination because I was looking at him and reacting to him as a subject.
Alex Haley
I stand by 'Roots' as symbol of the fate of my people.
Alex Haley
We don't know: some little black boy or girl growing up in the inner city might grow up and cure cancer for all of us - if we let them do it.
Alex Haley
The problem is to find the time to write. That's why I go to sea. I couldn't be happier than when at sea.
Alex Haley