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Dreams and freedom are the

Dreams and freedom are the same. In order for them to be, they come with a price.
– Criss Jami

You can’t be a rebel

You can’t be a rebel without the scars that come with it. Truth is, some days scars are just as ugly as they are beautiful.
– Criss Jami

A thief is one who

A thief is one who insists on sharing his victimhood.
– Criss Jami

If ever it’s necessary to

“If ever it’s necessary to ride the bandwagon, it’s done with one leg swinging out and eyes scoping the fields.”

– Criss Jami

Great artists are a little

“Great artists are a little too gifted to be bound by boxes and labels, and in saying that, the label ‘artist’ is to be used lightly.”

– Criss Jami

In order to share one’s

“In order to share one’s true brilliance one initially has to risk looking like a fool: genius is like a wheel that spins so fast, it at first glance appears to be sitting still.”

– Criss Jami

When you’re socially awkward you’re

“When you’re socially awkward, you’re isolated more than usual, and when you’re isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.”

– Criss Jami

When you have wit of

“When you have wit of your own, it’s a pleasure to credit other people for theirs.”

– Criss Jami

Any fool can do something

“Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again.”

– Criss Jami

Creative people are often found

“Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.”

– Criss Jami

When most of the greatest

“When most of the greatest individuals in history were misunderstood and you’ve spent so much of your own adult life misunderstood, you can’t help but believe that the majority of people know very little worth knowing.”

– Criss Jami

Create with the heart build

“Create with the heart; build with the mind.”

– Criss Jami

You have to lift a

“You have to lift a person up before you can really put them in their place.”

– Criss Jami

The motive behind criticism often

“The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.”

– Criss Jami

Constantly stopping to explain oneself

“Constantly stopping to explain oneself may expand into a frustrating burden for the rare individual, so ceasing to do so is like finally dropping the weights and sprinting towards his goals. Those who insincerely misunderstand, who intentionally distort the motives of a pure-intentioned individual, then, no longer have the opportunity to block his path; instead, they are the ones left to stand on the sidelines shouting frustratedly in the wind of his trail.”

– Criss Jami

Every job from the heart

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.”

– Criss Jami

A man who goes into

“A man who goes into a restaurant and blatantly disrespects the servers shows a strong discontent with his own being. Deep down he knows that restaurant service is the closest thing he will ever experience to being served like a king.”

– Criss Jami, Killosophy

Doubt is a question mark

“Doubt is a question mark; faith is an exclamation point. The most compelling, believable, realistic stories have included them both.”

– Criss Jami

Sometimes a people lose their

“Sometimes a people lose their right to remain silent when pressured to remain silent.”
– Criss Jami

An over-indulgence of anything even

“An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.”
– Criss Jami