When I was 40 and looking at 60, it seemed like a thousand miles away. But 62 feels like a week and a half away from 80. I must now get on with those things I always talked about doing but put off.
As quoted in Jet magazine (8 January 1990), p. 40
I work for the United Nations. I go to places where enormous upheaval and pain and anguish exist. And a lot of it exists based upon American policy. Whom we support, whom we support as heads of state, what countries we’ve helped to overthrow, what leaders we’ve helped to diminish because they did not fit the mold we think they should fit, no matter how ill advised that thought may be.
Interview on Larry King Live (15 October 2002)
Each and every one of you has the power, the will and the capacity to make a difference in the world in which you live in. … You should go through life knowing, “I am somebody.”
As quoted in “Belafonte tells children that they are somebody” in The Deseret News (18 January 2005)
My social and political interests are part of my career. I cannot separate them. My songs reflect the human condition. The role of art isn’t just to show life as it is, but to show life as it should be.
“Pass The Torch: Harry Belafonte” at DVRepublic (2005
Mr. Belafonte takes a well-deserved break from his
civil rights activism to do some drumming: