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But the myth of violent solutions as the ultimate solutions maintains itself in much of popular media. — Stanley Crouch

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Our democratic richness arrives when we're able to comprehend our collective humanity accurately. — Stanley Crouch

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Volumptuous women look good. Ignorant messages from mass media tell women what size to be, but female qualities-a softness, a soothing capacity that a woman has no matter what size she happens to be-sustain the more humane aspects of civilization. — Stanley Crouch

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Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you're from, what your class is - those aspects of your identity are not the same as your aesthetic identity. — Stanley Crouch

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Above all else, [Benny Goodman] was a great player, one of the greatest American music has produced. He brought his absolute talent and his invincible love of music to the fore every time he played. There are many other things connected to society and ethnicity that are often mentioned in a discussion of Benny Goodman but all of them are connected to his overwhelming affection for the art of the music and the fairness it should be allowed to express. — Stanley Crouch

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The high point of civilization is that you can hate me and I can hate you but we develop an etiquette that allows us to deal with each other because if we acted solely upon our impulse we'd probably go to war. — Stanley Crouch

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Louis Armstrong, who learned to be in exquisite dress, came from the bottom, and he's not a trash can. — Stanley Crouch

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When people conclude that all is futile, then the absurd becomes the norm. — Stanley Crouch

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Big business, for all its lobbying, is often put in line by investigative reporting, public scandals and multi-million-dollar judgments in court against those who put products on the market that are dangerous to their buyers. — Stanley Crouch

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As you know from reading many of these Negro writers, we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that. — Stanley Crouch

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All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to, the ones we disagree with and the ones that we agree with. — Stanley Crouch

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But there are a number of attitudes that should not be emotionally or psychologically ingested by young people. — Stanley Crouch

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If you got the grits, serve 'em! — Stanley Crouch

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Everybody has to be reminded that there's another way to be. Another more mysterious, unpredictable way to be that's not necessarily based upon contrivances. — Stanley Crouch

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The discussion of ideas as opposed to the American narcissistic obsession with what's going on with the self, that's the general thing people are talking about. — Stanley Crouch

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Our society has gotten to the point where we might soon become less and less shocked by any kind of violence. — Stanley Crouch

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The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation was not brought to an end, nor redneck violence dramatically reduced, by violence. — Stanley Crouch

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Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don't know what's going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA. — Stanley Crouch

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When a violent minority that crosses color lines comes to believe that killing those you know or do not know is a reasonable solution to problems, we are in need of another vision. — Stanley Crouch

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I wanted to get to that aesthetic proposition that comes out of learning the human elements of a world, so that those notes and rhythms mean something to you besides just the academic way in which they fall in place. — Stanley Crouch

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I don't know any women who don't think about what they look like, and I don't know any men who don't think about what women look like. — Stanley Crouch

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What we need in America is a renaissance. We need to go forward by going backward. — Stanley Crouch

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People don't really think other people are the same. — Stanley Crouch

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Under popular culture's obsession with a naive inclusion, everything is O.K. — Stanley Crouch

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Rap actually comes out of punk rock, not black music. — Stanley Crouch

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You'd never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism. — Stanley Crouch

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I also wanted to do something that I hadn't really seen in almost any black novels, which was a complex love story in which both people were extremely intelligent and talented and understood a lot of things and were still at odds getting it together. — Stanley Crouch

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If there's an intellectual highway, there's also an intellectual subway. — Stanley Crouch

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In America, we have to learn to be patient enough to figure out what somebody is saying. Somebody might actually be saying something. — Stanley Crouch

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The point is, you have an ethnic heritage and you have a human heritage. Your human heritage includes everything of human value. — Stanley Crouch

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The extent of his influence across jazz, across American music, and around the world has such continuing stature that he is one of the few who can easily be mentioned with Stravinsky, Picasso and Joyce. His life was the embodiment of one who moves from rags to riches, from anonymity to internationally imitated innovator. Louis Daniel Armstrong supplied revolutionary language that took on such pervasiveness that it became commonplace, like the light bulb, the airplane, the telephone. — Stanley Crouch

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Unfortunately, I'm not a person that's always capable of living up to the Boy Scout philosophy. — Stanley Crouch

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You must be willing to accept the fact that pain is a part of the process of revelation. — Stanley Crouch

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If you're going to get in the ring and try to take the belt, you have to prepare to get hit. — Stanley Crouch

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Now the writing in the head, I definitely do every day, thinking about how I want to phrase something or how I'd like to rephrase something I've already written. — Stanley Crouch

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Getting to the pint where the other is not the enemy is a big leap. — Stanley Crouch

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When you're artistic director of a program, you present the music you want to present. — Stanley Crouch

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You can meet a young person who goes to school and is really enthusiastic, but if a sufficiently strong personality convinces them that this is a waste of time, that person might flunk out. — Stanley Crouch

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Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how to bring about the occasions that let people have that first-person experience - or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see human continuity as opposed to total threat, total willingness to do violence. — Stanley Crouch