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Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "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."

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.




Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "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."

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.




Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Reading is important - read between the lines. Don't swallow everything."

Reading is important - read between the lines. Don't swallow everything.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond."

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.




Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "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."

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.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "I think there are things for all of us to do as long as we're here and we're healthy."

I think there are things for all of us to do as long as we're here and we're healthy.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Books are meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower steel, stitch, cloud and clout, and drumbeats on the air."

Books are meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower steel, stitch, cloud and clout, and drumbeats on the air.




Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars."

Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical guise."

Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical guise.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "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."

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.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night."

Even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Already I am no longer looked at with lechery or love."

Already I am no longer looked at with lechery or love.




Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "There can be no whiter whiteness than this one: An insurance man's shirt on its morning run."

There can be no whiter whiteness than this one: An insurance man's shirt on its morning run.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "This is the urgency: Live! and have your blooming in the noise of the whirlwind."

This is the urgency: Live! and have your blooming in the noise of the whirlwind.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "I know that the Black emphasis must be not against white but FOR Black."

I know that the Black emphasis must be not against white but FOR Black.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "She was learning to love moments. To love moments for themselves."

She was learning to love moments. To love moments for themselves.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "It is brave to be involved. To be not fearful to be unresolved."

It is brave to be involved. To be not fearful to be unresolved.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home."

Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Writing is a delicious agony."

Writing is a delicious agony.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "One reason cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers."

One reason cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "I felt that I had to write. Even if I had never been published, I knew that I would go on writing, enjoying it and experiencing the challenge."

I felt that I had to write. Even if I had never been published, I knew that I would go on writing, enjoying it and experiencing the challenge.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Good health is a duty to yourself, to your contemporaries, to your inheritors, to the progress of the world."

Good health is a duty to yourself, to your contemporaries, to your inheritors, to the progress of the world.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Poetry is life distilled."

Poetry is life distilled.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Art is a refining and evocative translation of the materials of the world."

Art is a refining and evocative translation of the materials of the world.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "As you get older, you find that often the wheat, disentangling itself from the chaff, comes out to meet you."

As you get older, you find that often the wheat, disentangling itself from the chaff, comes out to meet you.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "With melted opals for my milk, Pearl-leaf for my cracker."

With melted opals for my milk, Pearl-leaf for my cracker.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "I am interested in telling my particular truth as I have seen it."

I am interested in telling my particular truth as I have seen it.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Live not for Battles Won. Live not for The-End-of-the-Song. Live in the along."

Live not for Battles Won. Live not for The-End-of-the-Song. Live in the along.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Be yourself. Don't imitate other poets. You are as important as they are."

Be yourself. Don't imitate other poets. You are as important as they are.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "When you use the term minority or minorities in reference to people, you're telling them that they're less than somebody else."

When you use the term minority or minorities in reference to people, you're telling them that they're less than somebody else.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker."

I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Be careful what you swallow. Chew!"

Be careful what you swallow. Chew!



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Each body has its art."

Each body has its art.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Goodness begins simply with the fact of life itself."

Goodness begins simply with the fact of life itself.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "I like the concentration, the crush; I like working with language, as others like working with clay, or notes."

I like the concentration, the crush; I like working with language, as others like working with clay, or notes.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "What shall I give my children? who are poor, / Who are adjudged the leastwise of the land..."

What shall I give my children? who are poor, / Who are adjudged the leastwise of the land...



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "And if sun comes / How shall we greet him? / Shall we not dread him, / Shall we not fear him / After so lengthy a / Session with shade?"

And if sun comes / How shall we greet him? / Shall we not dread him, / Shall we not fear him / After so lengthy a / Session with shade?



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers."

A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Abortions will not let you forget. You remember the children you got that you did not get."

Abortions will not let you forget. You remember the children you got that you did not get.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "Exhaust the little moment / Soon it dies."

Exhaust the little moment / Soon it dies.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "What, what am I to do with all of this life?"

What, what am I to do with all of this life?



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "When I start writing a poem, I don't think about models or about what anybody else in the world has done."

When I start writing a poem, I don't think about models or about what anybody else in the world has done.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "We are each other's magnitude and bond."

We are each other's magnitude and bond.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon."

We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "It is brave to be involved"

It is brave to be involved



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker. It has always been hard for me to say exactly what I mean in speech But if I have written a clumsiness, I may erase it."

I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker. It has always been hard for me to say exactly what I mean in speech But if I have written a clumsiness, I may erase it.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "The poetry is myself."

The poetry is myself.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "I don't like the idea of the black race being diluted out of existence. I like the idea of all of us being here."

I don't like the idea of the black race being diluted out of existence. I like the idea of all of us being here.



Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes: "First fight. Then fiddle."

First fight. Then fiddle.