Criss Jami

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 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 insists on sharing his victimhood.
– Criss Jami

“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 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 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 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 your own, it’s a pleasure to credit other people for theirs.”

– Criss Jami

“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 either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.”

– Criss Jami

“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 with the mind.”

– Criss Jami

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

– Criss Jami

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

– Criss Jami

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

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