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.
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.
Reading is important - read between the lines. Don't swallow everything.
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.
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.
Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.
Books are meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower steel, stitch, cloud and clout, and drumbeats on the air.
Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical guise.
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.
Even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night.
One reason cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers.
I think there are things for all of us to do as long as we're here and we're healthy.
It is brave to be involved. To be not fearful to be unresolved.
Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
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.
Be careful what you swallow. Chew!
This is the urgency: Live! and have your blooming in the noise of the whirlwind.
Good health is a duty to yourself, to your contemporaries, to your inheritors, to the progress of the world.
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.
Live not for Battles Won. Live not for The-End-of-the-Song. Live in the along.
She was learning to love moments. To love moments for themselves.
I am an ordinary human being who is impelled to write poetry. ... I still do feel that a poet has a duty to words, and that words can do wonderful things, and it's too bad to just let them lie there without doing anything with and for them.
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.
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