Nikki Giovanni - Quotes

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A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it. ---->>>

We love because it's the only true adventure. ---->>>

Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together.

Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together.

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts. ---->>>

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.

Hip-hop is a cultural expression - it's embracing. ---->>>

There are things you stand up for because it's right. ---->>>

If now isn't a good time for the truth I don't see when we'll get to it. ---->>>

We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained. ---->>>

Some say we are responsible for those we love. Others know we are responsible for those who love us. ---->>>

If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else. ---->>>

Now, everything I do, I do because I want to. And I believe the best is yet to come. ---->>>

I am totally fascinated by people and our history as I understand and continue to explore it. People have so much to give and so far to go and yet we have given and gone a great distance. It's really just interesting to ask: why not? And see where that takes me. ---->>>

Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.

Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.

If everybody became a poet the world would be much better. We would all read to each other. ---->>>

There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave. ---->>>

White people really deal more with God and black people with Jesus. ---->>>

A lot of people refuse to do things because they don't want to go naked, don't want to go without guarantee. But that's what's got to happen. You go naked until you die. ---->>>

Favorite poems are like favorite children. We definitely have them but we never tell as the others would have their feelings hurt. ---->>>

For most of my life, I've thought of myself as pretty cool.

For most of my life, I've thought of myself as pretty cool.

Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate taste. ---->>>

The catchword I use with my classes is: The authority of the writer always overcomes the skepticism of the reader. ---->>>

I think one of the nicest things that we created as a generation was just the fact that we could say, 'Hey, I don't like white people.' ---->>>

Follow your image as far as you can no matter how useless you think it is. Push yourself. ---->>>

I spend a lot of time learning about bird watching.

I spend a lot of time learning about bird watching.

We eat up artists like there's going to be a famine at the end. ---->>>

When you are skinning your customers, you should leave some skin on to grow again so that you can skin them again. ---->>>

I had a really nice childhood; I had great parents. I earned my allowance by washing dishes, and in the summer I earned my allowance by working in daddy's garden. ---->>>

If I could come back as anything - I'd be a bird, first, but definitely the command key is my second choice. ---->>>

You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play. ---->>>

I appreciate and enjoy my age. ---->>>

Sacred cows make very poor gladiators. ---->>>

I am proud of the hip hop generation. They are good business people and, actually, good people. ---->>>

We believe 'Peter Rabbit' because Beatrix Potter believes it. You have to. ---->>>

If you know what you're talking about, or if you feel that you do, the reader will believe you. ---->>>

The poet Melvin B. Tolson once said, 'A civilization is judged only in its decline.' That made sense to me. I would imagine the same is true for poets and tennis players. ---->>>

I'm just totally fascinated by people. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-07, 1943
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Occupation: Poet
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Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr. (born June 7, 1943) is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world's most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children's literature (wikipedia)