Cornel West Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cornel west quotes, cornel west sayings, and cornel west proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.     

Cornel West

None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.     

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You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth.     

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Clever gimmicks of mass distraction yield a cheap soulcraft of addicted and self-medicated narcissists.     

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Nihilism is a natural consequence of a culture or civilization ruled and regulated by categories that mask manipulation, mastery and domination of peoples and nature.     

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Rage is fine as long as it doesn't deteriorate into bitterness.     

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Too many young folk have addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love.     

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This market way of life promotes addictions to stimulation and obsessions with comfort and convenience.     

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When you are fundamentally committed to something that is right, you just decide to go down fighting. Period.     

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Homophobia is very, very difficult to root out, to extricate. That's why we have to bear witness. That's why we have to be so public about it, and that's why we can't just play footsie with it.     

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When you love people, you give them a priority. You have a sense of urgency about their pain.     

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You don't begin by dehumanizing those who are dehumanizing you, because it contributes to the cycle of dehumanization in the world.     

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If the Kingdom of God is in you, you should leave a little bit of heaven wherever you go.     

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A fully functional multiracial society cannot be achieved without a sense of history and open, honest dialogue.     

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Addiction is the dominant form of a culture that suffers from a superficial spectacle and celebrity connectivity at its center. It's a form of spiritual emptiness.     

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Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.     

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There are three dominant tendencies in a neoliberal society: financialized, privatized, militarized. And when it comes to black poor people, we get all three.     

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Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public     

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There is no fundamental social change by being simply of individual and interpersonal actions. You have to have organizations and institutions that make a fundamental difference.     

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There's a certain pleasure of the life of the mind that cannot be denied. There's a certain pleasure about being around people who enact a playfulness when it comes to the world of ideas.     

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It is very difficult to sustain a high-quality relationship that has the kind of mutual intensity, that has a kind of mutual respect, without putting in time.     

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Now, myself, I'm not a pacifist at all. I believe in just war. I would have joined the spirit of the nation to fight against apartheid.     

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To be human you must bear witness to justice.     

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There is always a very delicate interplay between individual actions and institutional conditions.     

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