John Ridley quotes

  • For children, diversity needs to be real and not merely relegated to learning the names of the usual suspects during Black History Month or enjoying south-of-the-bo rder cuisine on Cinco de Mayo. It means talking to and spending time with kids not like them so that they may discover those kids are in fact just like them.
    -- John Ridley

    #Children #Real #Kids

  • It is time to celebrate the New Black Americans - those who have sealed the Deal, who aren't beholden to liberal indulgence any more than they are to the disdain of the hard Right. It is time to praise blacks who are merely undeniable in their individuality and exemplary in their levels of achievement .
    -- John Ridley

    #Achievement #Black #Individuality

  • Gay marriage will be universally accepted in time. But if I may be so bold as to say to gays and lesbians, don't wait for that time to arrive. Just as my father and his generation did not 'wait' for their civil rights, nor should you. The toothpaste ain't going back in the tube. The tide has turned.
    -- John Ridley

    #Father #Gay #Rights

  • As a writer, as a storyteller, you have to have your emotions close, and the older I've gotten, the less I've worried about not displaying emotions.
    -- John Ridley

    #Emotion #Worried #Storyteller

  • I don't know when I made that active decision to be a writer or to try to write, but I know I always liked storytelling.
    -- John Ridley

    #Writing #Decision #Trying

  • We see films all the time, whether they have access to all kinds of intellectual property or artifacts, and the one thing that they don't get is story. So I think whether you're talking about a biopic or an action film or a science-fiction film that has all the CGI in the world, if you're not trying to connect with an audience, it doesn't really matter.
    -- John Ridley

    #Thinking #Talking #Intellectual

  • When it comes to fighting for freedom, those who are willing to fight should not be limited by our bigotry. Only rewarded with our gratitude.
    -- John Ridley

    #Gratitude #Fighting #Should

  • My kids will find me walking around the house talking to myself and think I'm going crazy. I like to read the scripts out loud and really get the rhythm for the dialogue.
    -- John Ridley

    #Crazy #Kids #Thinking

  • I want to explore different topics and present them in slightly different ways.
    -- John Ridley

    #Different #Want #Way

  • For every horrific event, something beautiful happens.
    -- John Ridley

    #Beautiful #Events #Horrific

  • Facts tend to take the punch out of a good hate rant and are therefore left best unsaid.
    -- John Ridley

    #Hate #Facts #Unsaid

  • With fear of stating the obvious: Freedom belongs to 'We the People,' not 'They the Politicians.'
    -- John Ridley

    #People #Politician #Obvious

  • I never wanted to show up and just say, "Okay, what are we doing today? Let's wing it!"
    -- John Ridley

    #Wings #Today #Okay

  • There is not a country on earth whose people don't deserve to be free and safe.
    -- John Ridley

    #Country #People #Earth

  • Barack Obama is the New Generation and the hot light of a dawn that goes way beyond clever talk of morning in America.
    -- John Ridley

    #Morning #Clever #Light

  • When people come in the door and they have something, discovering and exploring the character is a real joy.
    -- John Ridley

    #Real #Character #Doors

  • I understand politicos gotta make bank. But cloistering with the Hollywood elite is not how you prove you're a man of the people.
    -- John Ridley

    #Men #People #Hollywood

  • As a coping mechanism, or as a way to make a little hard count by shilling demons in the shadows, I try not to belittle the thought process of the conspiracy theorists. As a cocktail waitress in Vegas once schooled me: never get down on anybody else's hustle.
    -- John Ridley

    #Vegas #Coping Mechanisms #Hustle

  • You can treat faith as part of people's it's lives.
    -- John Ridley

    #People #Treats

  • I've no desire to start a movement, to be the first name on an open petition, or to be the poster child for disgruntled writers.
    -- John Ridley

    #Children #Names #Desire

  • Bigots are actually funny to me in the way that people who still wear parachute pants give me a chuckle.
    -- John Ridley

    #People #Giving #Way

  • Even I haven't downed enough L.A. Kool-Aid to believe that somehow Hollywood movies are an overt instrument of morality.
    -- John Ridley

    #Believe #Hollywood #Morality

  • I can tell you from personal experience it gets a little tiring having to make the rounds on cable shows to explain 'what's up with black folks.'
    -- John Ridley

    #Black #Littles #Tire

  • Much as banks don't care where your money's coming from, the Electoral College is all 'don't ask, don't care' when it comes to votes.
    -- John Ridley

    #College #Care #Vote