Ernest Gaines Quotes (7 quotations)

1. I have learned as much about writing about my people by listening to blues and jazz and spirituals as I have from reading novels. The understatements in the tenor saxophone of Lester Young, the crystal, haunting, forever searching sounds of John Coltrane, and the softness and violence of Count Basie's big band-all have fired my imagination as much as anything in literature. - Ernest Gaines

2. Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything. - Ernest Gaines

3. Sometimes you got to hurt something to help something. Sometimes you have to plow under one thing in order for something else to grow. - Ernest Gaines

4. The mark of fear is not easily removed. - Ernest Gaines

5. There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past. - Ernest Gaines

6. Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? - Ernest Gaines

7. Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That's the only thing. - Ernest Gaines

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