Do not desire to fit in. Desire to oblige yourselves to lead.
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.
We don't ask a flower any special reason for its existence. We just look at it and are able to accept it as being something different from ourselves.
Reading is important - read between the lines. Don't swallow everything.
Don't let anyone call you a minority if you're black or Hispanic or belong to some other ethnic group. You're not less than anybody else.
I believe we should all know each other, we human carriers of so many pleasurable differences. To not know is to doubt, to shrink from, sidestep or destroy.
Say to them, say to the down-keepers, the sun-slappers, the self-soilers, the harmony-hushers, "Even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night." You will be right. For that is the hard home-run. Live not for battles won. Live not for the-end-of-the-song. Live in the along.
Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.
Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical guise.
Even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night.
Books are meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower steel, stitch, cloud and clout, and drumbeats on the air.
One reason cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers.
Words can do wonderful things. They pound, purr. They can urge, they can wheedle, whip, whine. They can sing, sass, singe. They can churn, check, channelize. They can be a "Hup two three four." They can forge a fiery army of a hundred languid men.
Good health is a duty to yourself, to your contemporaries, to your inheritors, to the progress of the world.
Be careful what you swallow. Chew!
It is brave to be involved. To be not fearful to be unresolved.
A poem doesn't do everything for you.
You are supposed to go on with your thinking.
You are supposed to enrich
the other person's poem with your extensions,
your uniquely personal understandings,
thus making the poem serve you.
I think there are things for all of us to do as long as we're here and we're healthy.
Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
What I'm fighting for now in my work... for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks, poems I could take into a tavern, into the street, into the halls of a housing project.
Live not for Battles Won. Live not for The-End-of-the-Song. Live in the along.
This is the urgency: Live! and have your blooming in the noise of the whirlwind.
When you love a man, he becomes more than a body. His physical limbs expand, and his outline recedes, vanishes. He is rich and sweet and right. He is part of the world, the atmosphere, the blue sky and the blue water.
When you use the term minority or minorities in reference to people, you're telling them that they're less than somebody else.
We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.
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