Cornel West Quotes

It is said that every person in the world has some quality or talent. It just needs to be recognized. But there are very few people who have many qualities at once. In this post, we are going to know about one such multi-talented person and know his great thoughts and ideas through his quotes.

Cornel Ronald West, an American philosopher, activist, social critic & writer as well as an actor who has also composed some hip hop albums. 

He was born on June 2, 1953, in the 47th-most populous city of the United States, Tulsa. His mother Irene Rayshell was a teacher & principal and his father Clifton Louis West Jr. was working as a general contractor in the Department of Defense.

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Young Cornel West (Image From:

Cornel did his graduation from John F. Kennedy High School where he was a student body president. In high school, he protested for bringing special studies courses for black students.

After graduation in 1970, he took admission to Harvard College where he obtained a degree in Eastern languages and civilization. During Harvard, his life changed a lot and he got many new perspectives and ideas.

After graduating from Harvard, he received a degree in Philosophy from Princeton University in 1980. After this, he served as a professor at Harvard University, Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, Princeton University and many other universities in his career.

Apart from this, Cornel West has commented on politics and social issues through many media outlets.

 Cornel West in 2018
Cornel West in 2018 (Image From Wikipedia)

Cornel West has also contributed significantly to Christianity, the Black church, Marxism, neopragmatism and has written some books. Out of which the most popular books are Race Matters and Democracy Matters.

During his acting career, Cornel worked in famous movies like The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Recently, Cornel West was named as the fourth-greatest thinker of the COVID-19 era by Prospect magazine in 2020.

So, Let’s look at some Cornel West Quotes with stunning images that will help us to be courageous, enthusiastic and optimistic in life.

Cornel West Quotes :

Cornel West Quotes
Living is connected to giving. – Cornel West Quotes

There cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence. – Cornel West

Empathy is predicated upon hope. – Cornel West

To be humble is to be so sure of one’s self and one’s mission that one can forego calling excessive attention to one’s self and status. – Cornel West

I prefer to be hope rather than talk about hope. – Cornel West

The aim of a constitutional democracy is to safeguard the rights of the minority and avoid the tyranny of the majority. – Cornel West

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The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of inspiration. – Cornel West Quotes

Aesthetics have substantial political consequences. – Cornel West

Like King, we need to put on our cemetery clothes and be coffin-ready for the next great democratic battle. – Cornel West

I don’t believe in the elimination of evil. But I believe in fightin’ against evil. – Cornel West

Prophetic pragmatism attempts to keep alive the sense of alternative ways of life and of struggle based on the best of the past. – Cornel West

Nihilism is a disease of the soul. – Cornel West

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Be a Voice, Not an Echo. – Cornel West Quotes

Hope is inseparable from despair. – Cornel West

Leadership quality comes from deeply bred traditions and communities that shape and mold talented and gifted persons. – Cornel West

It can never be completely cured, and there is always the possibility of relapse. – Cornel West

Where there is no vital community to hold up precious ethical and religious ideals, there can be no coming to a moral commitment. – Cornel West

Nihilism is not overcome by arguments or analyses; it is tamed by love and care. – Cornel West

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Without hope there can be no future, without meaning there can be no struggle. – Cornel West Quotes

You can’t have a high-quality relationship without the time and without trust. – Cornel West

The persistence of poverty generates levels of despair that deepen the social conflict. – Cornel West

We can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so. – Cornel West

Too many young folk have an addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love. – Cornel West

One of the best ways to instill fear in people is to terrorize them. – Cornel West

Cornel West Quotes
Music is what we need when language fails us, but we cannot remain silent. – Cornel West Quotes

In a democracy, the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme. – Cornel West

There is no greater joy than inspiring and empowering others. – Cornel West

To be great in our times too often means to have great prosperity and no moral magnanimity at all. – Cornel West

Humility is the fruit of inner security and wise maturity. – Cornel West

We have to accent liberty and freedom of expression and thought in all their forms. – Cornel West

Cornel West Quotes
You can’t really move forward until you look back. – Cornel West Quotes

Market moralities and mentalities are fueled by economic imperatives to make a profit at nearly any cost. – Cornel West

To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word. – Cornel West

To accept your country without betraying it, you must love it for that which shows what it might become. – Cornel West

You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth. – Cornel West

Cornel West Quotes
There is a price to pay for speaking the truth. There is a bigger price for living a lie. – Cornel West Quotes

Trie to be a man of letters in love with ideas in order to be a wiser and more loving person. – Cornel West

Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through. – Cornel West

Music at its best…is the grand archeology into and transfiguration of our guttural cry. – Cornel West

Cornel West Quotes on Justice :

It is a beautiful thing to be on fire for justice. – Cornel West

Justice is what Love looks like in public. – Cornel West

Cornel West Quotes on Love :

Cornel West Quotes on Love
You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. – Cornel West Quotes

We are who we are because somebody loved us. – Cornel West

Love is fundamentally a death of an old self that was isolated and the emergence of a new self now entangled with another self, the self that you fall in love with. – Cornel West

Those who have never despaired have neither lived nor loved. – Cornel West

Cornel West Quotes About Optimism :

I cannot be an optimist but I am a prisoner of hope. – Cornel West

Cornel West Quotes About Courage :

Cornel West Quotes About Courage
Courage is being true to yourself, true to a sense of integrity. – Cornel West Quotes

When ordinary people wake up, elites begin to tremble in their boots. It takes courage for folk to stand up. – Cornel West

We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. – Cornel West

Cornel West Quotes on Education :

Education is soul crafting. – Cornel West