Best Kiyoshi Kuromiya Quotes

Kiyoshi Kuromiya Quotes

Kiyoshi Kuromiya was a Japanese-American author, civil rights activist, anti-war activist, gay liberation activist, and HIV/AIDS activist. Here are some of his quotes that still resonate today:

  1. “I am a survivor, not a victim.”
  2. “We are all prisoners of our past, and our future is determined by our past.”
  3. “The only way to change the world is to be actively engaged in it.”
  4. “Our lives begin to end the day we get silent about the things that matter.”
  5. “It is better to die for a cause than to live a life of lies.”
  6. “Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.”
  7. “When I grew up, this was not a place or time to be open about anything that was not mainstream.”
  8. “To me, activism is a form of spirituality. It’s about doing what you can to make the world a better place.”
  9. “The first step in the transformation of a society is the transformation of the individual.”
  10. “Hope is a moral obligation, not a feeling.”
  11. “The only way to deal with fear is to confront it head-on.”
  12. “I believe every human has the right to healthcare, regardless of their background.”
  13. “Stigma is one of the biggest barriers to ending the HIV epidemic.”
  14. “Let us fight the social stigma with education and compassion.”
  15. “Always remember that people living with HIV are not just statistics.”
  16. “I was told that I was a criminal without knowing it. And it instilled this level of shame in me, so from that point on, I think there was always this aspect of misbehaving or maybe even living on the wild side or being on the wrong side of the law.”
  17. “We wanted the press to concentrate on the fact that we can look and act like everybody else, despite having different beliefs. We believed that we could all come together for a common goal.”
  18. “I don’t think many people are in touch with their true nature. If more people would get in touch with who they really are, they’d embark on the journey of a lifetime.”
  19. “There were eight people in my extended family who were third generation. And three out of the eight are gay that I know of.”
  20. “When I was arrested in this park, I was put in juvenile hall for three days. They said, “Well gee, we’ve never seen a Japanese American here.”
  21. “I guess I was a bit unhappy about the idea that I had to seek a social life in a bar.”
  22. “It was tough growing up Japanese and having rocks thrown at you on your way to grade school, that kind of thing. I think facing that adversity early on made me into who I am today.”
  23. “I don’t think there’s any such thing as a mistake. It’s just a learning experience.”
  24. “I think that the most important thing is to be true to yourself and to be honest with yourself. And I think that if you can do that, then you can be honest with other people. And I think that’s what it’s all about. It’s about being honest with yourself and with other people.”