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If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else.
– Nikki Giovanni
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.
Now, everything I do, I do because I want to. And I believe the best is yet to come.
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.
Some say we are responsible for those we love. Others know we are responsible for those who love us.
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.
We eat up artists like there’s going to be a famine at the end.
If everybody became a poet the world would be much better. We would all read to each other.
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.
We believe ‘Peter Rabbit’ because Beatrix Potter believes it. You have to.
Follow your image as far as you can no matter how useless you think it is. Push yourself.
Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream – they go together.
If now isn’t a good time for the truth I don’t see when we’ll get to it.
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.
We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained.
Sacred cows make very poor gladiators.
I spend a lot of time learning about bird watching.
There are things you stand up for because it’s right.
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.
Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.
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.
Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.