Paul Robeson Quotes

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Paul Robeson Quotes

The artist must elect to fight for Freedom or for Slavery.
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The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic, but to end the injustice.

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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

This is the basis, and I am not being tried for whether I am a Communist, I am being tried for fighting for the right of my people, who are still second-class citizens in this United States of America

— Paul Robeson

Yes, peace can and must be won, to save the world from the terrible destruction of World War III.

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You know I am an actor, and I have medals for diction.

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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.

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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.

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I shall take my voice wherever there are those who want to hear the melody of freedom or the words that might inspire hope and courage in the face of fear. My weapons are peaceful, for it is only by peace that peace can be attained. The song of freedom must prevail.

— Paul Robeson

The artist must elect to fight for Freedom or for Slavery.

— Paul Robeson

In my music, my plays, my films, I want to carry always this central idea: to be African.

— Paul Robeson

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.

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The course of history can be changed but not halted.

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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

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I found a special eagerness among the younger, and I am sorry to say, the more intelligent Negroes, to dismiss the spiritual as something beneath their new pride in their race. It is as if they wanted to put it behind them as something to be ashamed of ...

— Paul Robeson

We [must] realize that our future lies chiefly in our own hands.

— Paul Robeson

With Othello, Shakespeare posed this problem of a black man in a white society in the role that he's playing. And Shakespeare gave Othello such dignity - he came not from - as he said - not from hate but from honor, from a sense of his own human dignity. And to me, to my mind, there could be no greater character played.

— Paul Robeson

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

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