Common quotes

  • I appreciate this moment in time...ball players and actors be knowing my rhymes
    -- Common

    #Player #Knowing #Appreciate

  • Black people in America have come from slavery to other forms of being oppressed and there are some things that come with that - some pain and anger that come with that and we as black people have to deal with it to heal that. White people have to understand it and have some compassion toward it.
    -- Common

    #Pain #Compassion #White

  • I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet.
    -- Common

    #Kids #Hands #Black

  • The possibility of an Oscar is something I definitely think about and the fact that I can even say that is just a blessing. It's something I would be incredibly honored to be a part of.
    -- Common

    #Blessing #Thinking #Would Be

  • I bathe in basslines, rinse in riffs, dry in drums
    -- Common

    #Rap #Hip Hop #Dry

  • To have my name said like, "Common and John Legend, Golden Globe nominees," is one of the greatest achievements I've ever had as an artist, as a person.
    -- Common

    #Artist #Names #Achievement

  • As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement, I realized... I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. 'Selma' has awakened my humanity.
    -- Common

    #Kids #Caring #Rights

  • I want a better world, I want love and harmony amongst people no matter what color you are, what race or what background you come from or sexual orientation.
    -- Common

    #Race #Color #People

  • I met this girl when I was ten years old, And what I loved most she had so much soul. She was old school, when I was just a shorty Never knew throughout my life she would be there for me.
    -- Common

    #Girl #Rap #School

  • Not everyone is the same. You can't label a person just because of what they do or what they've done.
    -- Common

    #Labels #Done #Persons

  • Never lookin' back or too far in front of me; the present is a gift and I just wanna be.
    -- Common

    #Hip Hop

  • The human being that I strive to be is a great human being, like a loving human being, but as an actor, you take on roles that are not you and that's the fun part for me as far as acting goes. You really get to learn about other human beings and not judge.
    -- Common

    #Fun #Judging #Acting

  • I start thinking: How many souls hip-hop has affected? How many dead folks this art resurrected? How many nations this culture connected? Who am I to judge one's perspective?
    -- Common

    #Art #Rap #Thinking

  • When I see people of my likeness, or who are somebody that I feel connected to, doing something great, I fee like I can do it. It gives me some hope and vision.
    -- Common

    #People #Giving #Vision

  • If heaven had a height, you would be that tall
    -- Common

    #Heaven #Would Be #Height

  • I'm a black man that is proud to be black, and I want to help the black community, but I love all mankind.
    -- Common

    #Men #Community #Black

  • Now I'm on the rise, doin' business with my guys. Visions realize, music [your craft] affected lives. A gift from the skies, to be recognized, I'm keeping my eye on the people, that's the prize
    -- Common

    #Motivational #Eye #Sky

  • I've always been asked, "What type of character would you love to play?," and I've always said a pastor.
    -- Common

    #Character #Play #Type

  • I wonder if these wack ***** realize they wack, And they the reason that my people say they tired of rap.
    -- Common

    #Rap #Tired #People

  • When you see people that lived their purpose and sacrificed, who are everyday people - teachers, sanitation workers, and just people from all walks of life - that said, "I'm standing up for what I believe in. I'm standing up for my community." That reaffirms what you can do.
    -- Common

    #Teacher #Believe #People

  • I love black thighs, you sisters better realize That real hair and real eyes get real guys. So before you makeup your face, you better make up your mind...
    -- Common

    #Real #Rap #Eye

  • I started getting more in tune with who I am by doing roles or even just being around people.
    -- Common

    #Who I Am #People #Tunes

  • Now is our time to change the world
    -- Common

    #World #Changing The World

  • I started digging into parts of myself that I probably ignore and don't really get to express because Common is an artist that is conscious and is aware and is trying to put a positive energy to the world.
    -- Common

    #Artist #Positive Energy #Trying

  • I look into mother's stomach, wonder if you are a boy or a girl Turnin' this woman's womb into a tomb But she and I agree, a seed we don't need You would've been much more than a mouth to feed But someone I would've fed this information I read To someone my life for you I would've had to leave Instead I led you to death.
    -- Common

    #Girl #Mother #Rap

  • Acting is just another way to express myself as an artist. I realized if you're an artist, you're an artist and you can express that through music, through painting, through photography, through acting - this is just another way for me to express myself.
    -- Common

    #Photography #Artist #Acting

  • Me being able to be acting and doing other things has opened me as an artist, and I think even more from a visual standpoint.
    -- Common

    #Artist #Thinking #Acting

  • I think and speak clearer since I cut the dairy out. I can breathe better and perform at a better rate, and my voice is clearer. I can explore different things with my voice that I couldn't do because of my meat and dairy ingestion. I am proud and blessed to be a vegetarian, everything became clear.
    -- Common

    #Blessed #Cutting #Thinking

  • Burn a Bush cause for peace he no push no button. Killing over oil and grease, no weapons of destruction, How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one?
    -- Common

    #Rap #Oil #Hip Hop

  • Time is real, we can't rewind it... Out of everybody I met, who told the truth? Time did.
    -- Common

    #Real #Rap #Hip Hop

  • I sit and think with a drink about how I'm gonna win...
    -- Common

    #Rap #Winning #Thinking

  • Come close to me baby. Let your love hold you. I know this world is crazy, but what's it without you?
    -- Common

    #Valentines Day #Baby #Crazy

  • I embody EVERYTHING from the Godly to the party...
    -- Common

    #Party #Godly

  • Money is the root of all evil.
    -- Common

    #Roots #Evil

  • Justice is juxtaposition in us Justice for all just ain't specific enough.
    -- Common

    #Justice #Juxtaposition #Enough

  • If the eyes are the window to your soul open eyes bring the cold.
    -- Common

    #Eye #Soul #Cold

  • My mom has obviously had a powerful influence on my life and her voice can describe certain things that I couldn't see in myself.
    -- Common

    #Mom #Powerful #Voice

  • All that glisters is not gold.
    -- Common

    #Gold

  • When you have style, it doesn't matter what other people are saying.
    -- Common

    #People #Style #Matter

  • When I did the album Electric Circus, not only was it not commercially received. But even the critics and hip-hop community was like "What is this?" At that moment, I could've been written off. But I had to believe because I really love what I do. I'm passionate about it. If 12 million recognize it, that's beautiful. If 12,000 do, that's beautiful. But I'm always going to put my heart and soul in it and I'm going to shoot for the stars and go for the highest levels of recognition and creativity. I definitely doubted myself at the time. But it always come back to believing what I do.
    -- Common

    #Beautiful #Stars #Believe

  • This is my inception, I'm writing my dreams.
    -- Common

    #Dream #Writing #Inception

  • Even through the unseen, I know that God watches, From one King's dream, he was able to Barack us.
    -- Common

    #Dream #Kings #Rap

  • I believe in heaven more than hell, lessons more than jail. In the ghetto, let love prevail with a story to tell. My eyes see the glory, and well, The world waiting for me to yell, "I Have A Dream!"
    -- Common

    #Dream #Believe #Rap

  • Education is what you get from reading the small print; experience is what you get from not reading it.
    -- Common

    #Reading #Print

  • I am to hip-hop what Obama is to politics
    -- Common

    #Rap #Hip Hop #Hips

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