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Famous Quotes By Sun Ra

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Freedom of Speech is Freedom of Music. — Sun Ra

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I'm not a minister, I'm not a philosopher, I'm not a politician, I'm in another category. — Sun Ra

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Somewhere in the other side of nowhere is a place in space beyond time where the Gods of mythology dwell ... These gods dwell in their mythocracies as opposed to your theocracies, democracies, and monocracies. They dwell in a magic world. These Gods can even offer you immortality. — Sun Ra

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Proper evaluations of words and letters in their phonetic and associated sense can bring the people of earth to the clear light of pure cosmic wisdom. — Sun Ra

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Bach and Beethoven, all of them, they had to write something to please the upper structure, those with money and power. — Sun Ra

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A prophet is not without honor except in his own country among his own people. — Sun Ra

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All these other nations seem to appreciate what I'm doing and they want me to play the furthest out things. — Sun Ra

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I'm not a prophet. I'm a destiny-changer. It's all right to prophesy, but the best thing to do is change things, if you've got the power. — Sun Ra

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But recently I began to feel that maybe I wouldn't be able to do what I want to do and need to do with American musicians, who are imprisoned behind these bars; music's got these bars and measures you know. — Sun Ra

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We hold this myth to be potential
Not self-evident but equational
Another Dimension
Of another kind of Living Life — Sun Ra

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The music is not part of this planet in a sense that the spirit of it is about happiness. Most musicians play earth things about what they know, but I found out that they are mostly unhappy and frustrated, and that creeps over into their music. — Sun Ra

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If death is the absence of life, then death's death is life. — Sun Ra

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If you are not a myth whose reality are you? If you are not a reality whose myth are you? — Sun Ra

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Today's symphonic music is sponsored by the upper structures of society. — Sun Ra

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Behold the pre-prophetic symbols of the planes of Never. Behold, behold this thisness! This isness. — Sun Ra

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If you're not mad at the world, you don't have what it takes — Sun Ra

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First of all I express sincerity. There's also that sense of humor, by which people sometimes learn to laugh about themselves. I mean, the situation is so serious that the people could go crazy because of it. They need to smile and realize how ridiculous everything is. A race without a sense of humor is in bad shape. A race needs clowns. In earlier days people knew that. Kings always had a court jester around. In that way he was always reminded how ridiculous things are. I believe that nations too should have jesters, in the congress, near the president, everywhere ... You could call me the jester of the Creator. The whole world, all the disease and misery, it's all ridiculous. — Sun Ra

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The world thinks that music is a commercial commodity. I'm glad that is not my code. — Sun Ra

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Music can be the bridge to understanding, but people have to get some knowledge. — Sun Ra

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At first there was nothingthen nothing turned itself inside-out and became something — Sun Ra

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Music is a language, you see, a universal language. — Sun Ra

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The light of the future casts the shadows of tomorrow. — Sun Ra

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I see people as they really are from a pure point of view. — Sun Ra

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Those who will not dance will have to be shot — Sun Ra

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I'm playing dark history. It's beyond black. I'm dealing with the dark things of the cosmos. — Sun Ra

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The outer space beings are my brothers. They sent me here. They already
know my music. — Sun Ra

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It's such a tragedy that man endures in killing his brother and his own kind, putting him in jail and insane asylums, letting him lay out in the street. — Sun Ra

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Space is not only high, it's low. It's a bottomless pit. — Sun Ra

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Music is a plane of wisdom, because music is a universal language, it is a language of honor, it is a noble precept, a gift of the Airy Kingdom, music is air, a universal existence common to all the living. — Sun Ra

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The trouble with the people on this planet is they refuse to think they refuse to believe anything except what they know — Sun Ra

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In the world of tomorrow, the new man will 'think' the place he wants to go, then his mind will take him there. — Sun Ra

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The earth cannot move without music. The earth moves in a certain rhythm, a certain sound, a certain note. When the music stops the earth will stop and everything upon it will die. — Sun Ra

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What I'm dealing with is so vast and great that it can't be called the truth. It's above the truth. — Sun Ra

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Not too many people in America know about me, but all of Europe knows about me. — Sun Ra

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The planet is asleep and it's the fault of musicians who are untrue to themselves. — Sun Ra

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The real aim of music is to co-ordinate the minds of the people into an intelligent reach for a better world and an intelligent approach to the living future. — Sun Ra

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The world is in such a bad condition that if they don't find what you call a redeemer, every man, woman and child on this planet will be eliminated. — Sun Ra

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I think of myself as a complete mystery. To myself. — Sun Ra

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Music is a language, a universal language. — Sun Ra

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I have many names; some call me Mr. Ra, others call me Mr. Re, you can call me Mr. Mystery. — Sun Ra

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I'm not into division. I'm into coordination, discipline and tradition. — Sun Ra

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A world is in danger, this planet is in great danger! — Sun Ra

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I never wanted to be a part of planet Earth, but I am compelled to be here, so anything I do for this planet is because the Master-Creator of the Universe is making me do it. I am of another dimension. I am on this planet because people need me. — Sun Ra

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Sometimes in the ignorance I feel the meaning Invincible invisible wisdom, And I commune with intuitive instinct With the force that made life be And since it made life be It is greater than life And since it let extinction be It is greater than extinction. I commune with feelings more than prayer — Sun Ra

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With music you can express any emotion, you can paint pictures ... — Sun Ra

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Where human eyes have never seen, where human beings have never been, I build a world of abstract dreams, and I wait for you. — Sun Ra

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People have set that up as a standard, not to recognize a prophet in his own country. — Sun Ra

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Art does not begin with imitation, but with discipline. — Sun Ra

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I am a musician, but I'm another type of musician. — Sun Ra

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I use music as a medium to talk to people. — Sun Ra

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Heaven is where you'll be when you are okay right where you are. — Sun Ra

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The possible has been tried and failed. Now it's time to try the impossible. — Sun Ra

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I always say it's not my Arkestra, it belongs to some other force which wants certain things, to reach people. — Sun Ra

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Well, actually, I'm a psychic being, and you know, we don't concern ourselves with being born; we concern ourselves with being eternal; we deal with the spirit. — Sun Ra

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And then when I went to Chicago, that's when I had these outer space experiences and went to the other planets. — Sun Ra

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It takes a motion to notion
and it takes a notion to motion. — Sun Ra