Top 775 Quotes & Sayings by Jamaican Authors

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My dream is to live a good life and be loving, be close to God and be a good human being and bring peace to people.
Satire makes people learn something more than being lectured.
You don't create legends out of other legends. — © Shaggy
You don't create legends out of other legends.
I always have a new haircut.
I'd like to say to all my fans out there, thanks for the support. And to all my doubters, thank you very much because you guys have also pushed me.
I don't know how I look when I'm on the court to tell you the truth, I'm just focused.
As Bob Marley says, 'We must carry on.' So he has left us a legacy of music to carry on for generations and generations into generations.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
I have a mole in my eye, which is a very specific thing.
Caribbean literature only has to be true to itself. It doesn't need colonialism or imperialism. It's always been vibrant.
It might sound like I'm a dreamer, but economic models have reached their height of evolution. Technology has evolved. What hasn't evolved is mankind's spirituality; everything is from 3,000 years ago. With spirituality comes morals, a better way of thinking.
Reggae music don't really focus on one thing, you know. If reggae music is speaking about the struggle of people, and the suffering, it don't mean black people. It mean people in general.
I love the idea of the street vibe, having folks together, out in the street at midnight. — © Sean Paul
I love the idea of the street vibe, having folks together, out in the street at midnight.
Christian values were important at home. Cleanliness. Don't steal. Don't lie. Those were the rules, and they were strictly enforced. Especially the stealing and lying. When you broke the rules, you got a beating. I always broke the rules a lot.
I am not a politician... I only suffer the consequences.
I think when you are a cool guy but also a hot guy, that makes you even more sexy.
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
I had a birthday one night on a farm we were shooting on. I walked into the tent, and there were 150 people waiting for me, all wearing masks of my face.
Everybody always thinks the grass is always greener.
Cricket is my first love.
As an economist, I'm aware that life is full of trade offs.
Life is not linear; you have ups and downs. It's how you deal with the troughs that defines you.
I think about cars to try and distract myself. It's a good way to relax, take your mind off everything.
Racism is not only in football, it's in cricket too. Even within teams as a black man, I get the end of the stick. Black and powerful. Black and proud.
So, after school, I needed to learn a trade and started to work as a tailor.
At the end of the day, life's about realising one's human potential. I don't know if I've realised mine, but I've certainly gone a long way towards realising some goals and some dreams.
There's something about being any kind of entertainer that is acting. You have to put on a show. Things you wouldn't do in your life, you do on stage. You have to let go. And that's extra hard for rappers. We have a tendency to, quote unquote, keep it real. As an actor, you have to be able to humiliate yourself. Do whatever it takes.
You look at science fiction and look how often it talks about being alien, being alienated about the other. Look at the number of blue people - 'Avatar,' I'm looking at you. And it is now easier to find people of color in science-fiction literature and media, but the issues of representation are still really, really troubling.
His tenacity is unmatched in my opinion. Incredible how someone could have suffered that long and come back out of prison with such a good heart and positive things to say and do.
If I produce myself, I'm gonna exploit no one - just myself.
Jamaica is more than just the 'brand' the world recognizes so well; it's a place of pride for the people who live here, its educational institutions, its sports achievements, its science and technology growth.
If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything.
I am very hopeful that my personal success in Qatar will ignite others, especially those in the so-called non-traditional sports, to try even harder because now they can see for themselves that significant achievements can be attained. But let me stress that it takes a lot of work - in fact, very hard work - mixed with very heavy doses of patience.
I'm on Twitter, Facebook. There's a lot you can do with it, and it's great to keep in touch. I try to throw a few things out on Twitter every day.
I want to make an album with just great beats and big vocals and just amazing lyrics.
Sometimes I'm at home and I remember I'm supposed to do 100 push-ups and I don't. — © Asafa Powell
Sometimes I'm at home and I remember I'm supposed to do 100 push-ups and I don't.
I'll have to say winning the Olympic gold in Atlanta is a crowning achievement, along with the gold in the relay in the same games.
In Jamaica, you're never very far away from people who don't have very much, and in Wilmette, pretty much everybody had a lot.
I don't care what you play, where you're from, who you produce. It depends on what you're doing when you're with me. That's what counts. I don't pre-judge anything or anybody.
Now T20 is different. It's not Test cricket. It's chilled and fun and let's do things different.
When I played with the Knicks, I was just as important or just as smart as any other of the guards I played with. I still had to call out plays, notice schemes, know the systems, do everything they had to do.
In the beginning there was the word. The word was Jah. The word is in I, Jah is in I. I make what is good, better, and what is better, best. I follow this in every aspect of life.
I figure this current era of history is the one with the best chance of quality of life for a black, female, disabled, middle-aged, queer person who's most comfortable not fitting in. The odds still aren't great, mind you. But I'll take my chances with the 21st century.
In Jamaica, them always have throwback riddims, recycled old beats, and the hardcore reggae scene is always present. You have faster stuff like the more commercialized stuff, but you always have that segment of music that is always from the core, from the original root of it.
The philosophy to 'buy and hold' is a philosophy that I use to manage funds.
I'm constantly coming up with new strategies for getting to the mental place where writing is so joyous and playful that I almost can't help putting the words down.
I've always been working just to be a world champion and it's a dream come true.
From an early age my mother told me that there were so many of us that if I was to get anything in life I would have to get it myself. So I did. — © Michael Lee-Chin
From an early age my mother told me that there were so many of us that if I was to get anything in life I would have to get it myself. So I did.
It's probably indicative that I was destined for an academic career that I'm 6-5 and I lost the slam-dunk championship to somebody 5-8. I was a lot better at math.
When Bob goes into the studio, he didn't just say, 'I'm going to do one album by itself.' No, we always had leftovers and some that were what you'd call rejects, we have those too.
What I say is that there's this culture and this vibe and this community in Brooklyn that's so amazing and wonderful, and it has influence on the world. That's the part of Brooklyn that I love and I begin to miss.
The modern stuff, I can take it or leave it. I like its danceability, but the DJs talk a lot of nonsense.
In hindsight, I see the great value of family and how it moulded my life and kept me together. So now family means everything to me.
I'm a Christian woman, but I believe in human rights. I do not go into people's bedrooms. I appoint people based on their capabilities, not their sexual orientation.
Since I was growing up, I liked love songs - Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke. That was the kind of songs getting the girls dancing.
Music really evolves as it goes along. It's an evolution.
Love is a positive effect. Love can never have a negative effect, only a positive effect.
We need our children in Jamaica - especially those suffering with dyslexia, autism, cerebral palsy - to get more attention.
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