100+ Best Roots Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Root is the part of a plant that grows down into the earth to get water and food and holds the plant firm in the ground. Profoundly inspirational roots quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Roots Quotes

I’m proud of my roots. There are not many Asians in the music industry so it’s important for me to tell people where I’m from. — Coco Lee

My very addictive personality and all sorts of strongholds are a thing of the past for me. Yet at the root of every single one of those issues was insecurity, something I had battled since childhood. — Beth Moore

Married sex is like being awake during your own autopsy. It is root canal work without anesthetic. — Al Goldstein

I’m trying to change the root of funk, trying to make it more progressive, more melodic and more lyrically structured. — Rick James

The theme is the theme of humiliation, which is the square root of sin, as opposed to the freedom from humiliation, and love, which is the square root of wonderful. — Carson McCullers

Tree roots hold river banks together and stop the wind blowing soil away, there are many creatures that live in woods and they provide a sense of well-being and look nice. — Clive Anderson

When kids can’t afford to see it anymore maybe we’ll have a whole resurgence of garage bands all over America and this New Wave thing will start to mean something on a grass roots level. — Lester Bangs

I think that the roots of racism have always been economic, and I think people are desperate and scared. And when you’re desperate and scared you scapegoat people. It exacerbates latent tendencies toward – well, toward racism or homophobia or anti-Semitism. — Henry Louis Gates

Football needs its roots, it needs its connection with the supporters. But those in charge seem to think they can do without them. — Graham Taylor

Communism feeds on aggression, hatred, and the imprisonment of men’s minds and souls. This shall not take root in the United States. — Emanuel Celler

And so, when I was a young writer I always worked hard on imagery, and I knew that the roots of imagery were the senses – and that if my readers could feel, taste and see what I was talking about, I would be able to tell them a story. — Adriana Trigiani

My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil. — Ray Charles

I grew up in a strong faith-based family. I think I have selected to return to those roots for strength, for my family, for myself and to protect our children and to forgive others and move on and face forward. — Paula Broadwell

A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that: to go to the roots. — Jose Marti

I believe the root of all evil is abuse of power. — Patricia Cornwell

Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge. — Simone Weil

Urdu can not die out because it has very strong roots in Persia. The language itself is not only just the language of the Muslims, but it’s also the language of the Hindus. — Ismail Merchant

I’m not a fighter, but in my mind I’m fighting every day. ‘What’s new? What am I doing?’ I’m fighting myself. My soul is samurai. My roots aren’t samurai, but my soul is. — Masaharu Morimoto

Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth. — Liu Xiaobo

God bless the roots! Body and soul are one. — Theodore Roethke

I am a proud product of Irish golf and the Golfing Union of Ireland and am hugely honoured to have come from very rich Irish sporting roots I am also a proud Ulsterman who grew up in Northern Ireland. That is my background and always will be. — Rory McIlroy

popular roots quotes

There is only one way to solve the alleged crisis of the erosion of ‘family values.’ And that is to get right down to the root cause of the problem. — Mike Royko

The root cause of the looming energy problem – and the key to easing environmental, economic and religious tensions while improving public health – is to address the unending, and unequal, growth of the human population. And the one proven way to reduce fertility rates is to empower young women by educating them. — Lawrence M. Krauss

When ambitious desires arise in thy heart, recall the days of extremity thou have passed through. Forbearance is the root of all quietness and assurance forever. — Ieyasu Tokugawa

Radical simply means ‘grasping things at the root.’ — Angela Davis

All writers have roots they draw from – travel, work, family. My roots are in science and it is fertile ground for fiction. — Alan Lightman

My music is the chicken soup kind. I want people to get a good feeling in their soul from these songs. Roots rock, heartland rock…whatever you want to call it is OK with me. — Kate Voegele

I am a Minnesotan, and not just because I root for the Vikings and the Twins. I like the Minnesota-nice sensibility. I like the liberal tradition; I like the Hubert Humphrey tradition fighting for civil rights. — Al Franken

The roots of the word ‘anarchy’ are ‘an archos,’ ‘no leaders,’ which is not really about the kind of chaos that most people imagine when the word ‘anarchy’ is mentioned. I think that anarchy is, to the contrary, about taking personal responsibility for yourself. — Alan Moore

A poet must be a psychologist, but a secret one: he should know and feel the roots of phenomena but present only the phenomena themselves in full bloom or as they fade away. — Ivan Turgenev

Any well-read man knows that the moral difference between the condition of the world before Christianity was planted and since Christianity took root is the difference between night and day, the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of the devil. — J. C. Ryle

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I am a very patriotic guy, in terms of my Scottishness and my roots. — Robert Carlyle

And so much of my life has been about returning home and longing for home, wanting my children to know about my roots. And I thought I can’t be the only one to feel this way so I thought it would be an interesting topic to explore. — Sela Ward

A beginner must look on himself as one setting out to make a garden for his Lord’s pleasure, on most unfruitful soil which abounds in weeds. His Majesty roots up the weeds and will put in good plants instead. Let us reckon that this is already done when the soul decides to practice prayer and has begun to do so. — Saint Teresa of Avila

I know that all cops are not sterling characters. But you have to have someone to root for. I balance it with rotten cops who will take a bribe, who will beat somebody up. — Ed McBain

I’m quite interested in the absolute roots of narrative, why we tell stories at all: where the monsters come from. — Anne Enright

Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society. — Jack Kingston

Let us not forget, the financial crisis had its roots in the decision by Congress to embark on a course of social justice to get everyone that wanted a home into one, regardless of whether or not they could afford it. — Ed Royce

I think it is important to maintain your personality, your roots, very important. — Paz Vega

A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders. — Larry Elder

It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber that has not strong roots among the clay and worms. — John Millington Synge

I think it has other roots, has to do, in part, with a general anxiety in contemporary life… nuclear bombs, inequality of possibility and chance, inequality of goods allotted to us, a kind of general racist, unjust attitude that is pervasive. — Leonard Baskin

I’m an adaptable nomad. I love Paris, I’ve been living in Los Angeles and New York since 1990. I love London, too. My roots are inside of me. — Julie Delpy

Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath. — Wilt Chamberlain

The roots of racism lie deep in man’s nature, wounded and bruised by original sin. — Sargent Shriver

best roots quotes

At the root of many a woman’s failure to become a great cook lies her failure to develop a workmanlike regard for knives. — Robert Farrar Capon

I have deep comedic roots, and I want to be funny. — Khandi Alexander

Love is indeed, at root, the product of the firings of neurons and release of hormones. — Julian Baggini

A woman always has her man, but the man unconsciously leans on his roots, his heritage. He feels like an orphan without his parents. — Raj Kapoor

Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper. — Hannah More

I feel like I’m a fighter. I’ve fought my whole life to get to where I’m at. I like fight movies. When someone gets knocked down, I like to root for him to succeed. — Ricky Schroder

I think it’s bad for fellas when they lose their mothers. Mine was such a character. Oh it was sad, really sad. And, with her gone, the family home was gone, so what was left of any roots I had were completely dug up. — Paul O’Grady

The test of an author is not to be found merely in the number of his phrases that pass current in the corner of newspapers… but in the number of passages that have really taken root in younger minds. — Thomas Wentworth Higginson

We are looking for happiness and running after it in such a way that creates anger, fear and discrimination. So when you attend a retreat, you have a chance to look at the deep roots of this pollution of the collective energy that is unwholesome. — Nhat Hanh

The fact that I am a writer comes from the experience of being cut away from my roots and living in Venezuela, where I couldn’t find a place for myself, for years and years. — Isabel Allende

I really haven’t strayed too far, musically, from my roots — Smokey Robinson

At the root of everything I do is a fascination with ideas – what ideas are for, what jobs they do. — Thomas Heatherwick

To seek the timeless way we must first know the quality without a name. There is a central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a man, a town, a building, or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named. — Christopher Alexander

The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians, but to understand just what the Games are about, it is really necessary to investigate the roots and the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years. — Bill Toomey

My roots are Scottish. My dad’s parents are from Scotland, and my mum’s dad is Scots. — Katharine Isabelle

Liturgy is like a strong tree whose beauty is derived from the continuous renewal of its leaves, but whose strength comes from the old trunk, with solid roots in the ground. — Pope Paul VI

I write plays about things that I can’t resolve in my mind. I try to root things out. — Alan Bennett

top roots quotes

Fruits are always of the same nature with the seeds and roots from which they come, and trees are known by the fruits they bear: as a man begets a man, and a beast a beast, that society of men which constitutes a government upon the foundation of justice, virtue, and the common good, will always have men to promote those ends; and that which intends the advancement of one man’s desire and vanity, will abound in those that will foment them. — Algernon Sidney

Idealistic reformers are dangerous because their idealism has no roots in love, but is simply a hysterical and unbalanced rage for order amidst their own chaos. — William Irwin Thompson

I’ll always stand by my Gypsy roots, and I’ll always help out one of my own. — Cher Lloyd

As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares. — Daniel Defoe

Dear Chicago, when I wake up in the morning and see your skyline – the terra cotta of the Wrigley Building, the height of the Willis Tower, the shiny sides of my beloved Trump Tower – I know I’m home. I feel a certain energy walking between your spires, but recognize that what makes you special to me is that my roots are here. — Bill Rancic

I like every single actor or actress in the world, because we never know what the conditions are like when they are working. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt and root for them like a psychotic sports fan — Judd Nelson

Until women learn to want economic independence, and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no roots. — Crystal Eastman

You can have more than one home. You can carry your roots with you, and decide where they grow. — Henning Mankell

I was impressed by a program called New Roots, which helps women refugees from countries in conflict to start new lives in the U.S. by farming. They are trained in a four-year program, at the end of which New Roots helps them find their own land to farm and live on. — Rebecca Pidgeon

I love Cleveland, and I love going back home. That’s where my family is. That’s where my roots are. — Kym Whitley

Experience proves that in this life peace and satisfaction are had, not by the listless but by those who are fervent in God’s service. And rightly so. For in their effort to overcome themselves and to rid themselves of self-love, they rid themselves of the roots of all passion and unrest. — Saint Ignatius

Forbearance is the root of quietness and assurance forever. — Ieyasu Tokugawa

The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and theres ongoing creative revelations. Yes, its really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow. — Carlton Cuse

I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy. Democrats have strong moral values. Frankly, my moral values are offended by some of the things I hear on programs like Rush Limbaugh, and we don’t have to put up with that. — Howard Dean

My roots are more in he Beatles, Zeppelin, the whole 60’s side. — Pat Mastelotto

At root fame is a sham. I’m not going to live forever and if I am I certainly need don’t you to tell me that so that I will buy a car or a box of dried up crackers. — Nick Mancuso

We also have a tendency to root for the fugitive. We’re always on the side of the animal being chased. — Norman Jewison

I have to put down roots where I decide to stay. It wasn’t enough for me to be an expatriate Indian in Canada. If I can’t feel that I can make social, political and emotional commitments to a place, I have to find another place. — Bharati Mukherjee

Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error. The error is thinking that when someone stands in the way of our wants, we can justify getting that person out of our lives. Abortion and racism stem from the same poisonous root, selfishness. — Alveda King

Imagination is at the root of much that passes for love. — Gilbert Parker

Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people. — Alex Haley

Only a minority of science fiction dystopias attempt to plumb the real existential roots of oppression, the flaws in humanity’s nature that undermine our best attempts at organizing ourselves into social units. — Paul Di Filippo

When our forefathers put down roots in desolate places, the thing that allowed them to survive was that they had a faith to see them through the tough times. — Lee Greenwood

I think there’s been a major shift in grass roots media because of the Internet and because the geeks and nerds rule the world. They are in control in so many ways. — Erin Gray

Waters are distilled out of Herbs, Flowers, Fruits, and Roots. — Nicholas Culpeper

Such Roots as are soft, your best way is to dry in the Sun, or else hang them up in the Chimney corner upon a string; as for such as are hard you may dry them any where. — Nicholas Culpeper

I am proud of my black roots and of the black blood that runs in my veins. — Ryan Giggs

Vegetables, which are the lowest in the scale of living things, are fed by roots, which, implanted in the native soil, select by the action of a peculiar mechanism, different subjects, which serve to increase and to nourish them. — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The government are very keen on amassing statistics. They collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But you must never forget that every one of these figures comes in the first instance from the village watchman, who just puts down what he damn pleases. — Josiah Stamp

Hatred, intolerance, poor hygienic conditions and violence all have roots in illiteracy, so we’re trying to do something to help the poor and the needy. — Abdul Qadeer Khan

Washington’s answer to a self-inflicted financial crisis reminded Americans why they so deeply distrust the political class. The ‘fiscal cliff’ process was secretive and sloppy, and the nation’s so-called leadership lacked the political courage to address our root problems: joblessness and debt. — Ron Fournier

It’s the first time I have returned to my roots – like going back to be a trio. The fans really wanted me to go back on stage and do the Supremes music, so I went about trying to make it happen. We’ll go on tour in the summer. — Diana Ross

I think this is one of the greatest strengths of this school. Not only do the students go on to achieve great milestones in their own lives, they never forget their roots and the school that gave them the chance they needed to improve their lives and their families’ lives. — Michael N. Castle

Some people see life as many steps up and try to forget where they are coming from, you understand? A little step in life on a commercial or a material level is a good step, but a big step does not mean a strong step – you tend to lose your roots – and if you don’t be careful, you can fall. — Burning Spear

A new model is starting to take root and grow, one in which consumers have more choices, more tools, more information, and more power to guide these choices. I call this emerging model The Mesh. — Lisa Gansky

We must find out where the roots of terrorism lie. — Brent Scowcroft

I think the Flecktones are a mixture of acoustic and electronic music with a lot of roots in folk and bluegrass as well as funk and jazz. — Bela Fleck

After voluntary exertions on the part of our people to which the history of the world furnishes no parallel, is the old root of bitterness still to remain in the ground, to sprout and bear fruit in the future as it has borne fruit in the past? — Robert Dale Owen

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