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Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing."

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.




Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Poetry calls us to pause. There is so much we overlook, while the abundance around us continues to shimmer, on its own."

Poetry calls us to pause. There is so much we overlook, while the abundance around us continues to shimmer, on its own.




Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "There is a place to stand where you can see so many lights you forget you are one of them."

There is a place to stand where you can see so many lights you forget you are one of them.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "... the real heroes of race and culture would always be the people who stepped out of their own line to make a larger circle."

... the real heroes of race and culture would always be the people who stepped out of their own line to make a larger circle.




Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "You know, those of us who leave our homes in the morning and expect to find them there when we go back - it's hard for us to understand what the experience of a refugee might be like."

You know, those of us who leave our homes in the morning and expect to find them there when we go back - it's hard for us to understand what the experience of a refugee might be like.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "This is the world I want to live in. The shared world."

This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Being good felt like a heavy coat, so I took it off."

Being good felt like a heavy coat, so I took it off.




Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth."

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Energy is everything. Rubbing happy and sad together creates energy."

Energy is everything. Rubbing happy and sad together creates energy.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say it is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you everywhere like a shadow or a friend."

only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say it is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you everywhere like a shadow or a friend.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I am looking for the human who admits his flaws Who shocks the adversary By being kinder not stronger What would that be like? We don't even know"

I am looking for the human who admits his flaws Who shocks the adversary By being kinder not stronger What would that be like? We don't even know



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Sometimes there’s no one to listen to what you really might like to say at a certain moment. The paper always listens."

Sometimes there’s no one to listen to what you really might like to say at a certain moment. The paper always listens.




Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Where we live in the world is never one place. Our hearts, those dogged mirrors, keep flashing us moons before we are ready for them."

Where we live in the world is never one place. Our hearts, those dogged mirrors, keep flashing us moons before we are ready for them.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Later our dreams begin catching fire around the edges, they burn like paper, we wake with our hands full of ash."

Later our dreams begin catching fire around the edges, they burn like paper, we wake with our hands full of ash.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "When allowed to return to the class, your feelings of humility and lonesomeness will render you a much finer student and person."

When allowed to return to the class, your feelings of humility and lonesomeness will render you a much finer student and person.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous, or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do."

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous, or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I keep thinking, we teach children to use language to solve their disputes. We teach them not to hit and fight and bite. Then look what adults do!"

I keep thinking, we teach children to use language to solve their disputes. We teach them not to hit and fight and bite. Then look what adults do!



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "It was terrible when a single conversation with someone determined your whole future relationship."

It was terrible when a single conversation with someone determined your whole future relationship.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Being alive is a common road. It's what we notice makes us different."

Being alive is a common road. It's what we notice makes us different.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "The hands are churches that worship the world."

The hands are churches that worship the world.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "What did exclusivity ever have to offer but a distorted, unrealistic view of the world? People who stuck only to their own kind were scared people."

What did exclusivity ever have to offer but a distorted, unrealistic view of the world? People who stuck only to their own kind were scared people.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Facts interest me less than the trailing smoke of stories."

Facts interest me less than the trailing smoke of stories.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I say yes when I mean no and the wrinkle grows."

I say yes when I mean no and the wrinkle grows.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Because sometimes I live in a hurricane of words and not one of them can save me."

Because sometimes I live in a hurricane of words and not one of them can save me.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Read, Read, and then Read some more. Always Read. Find the voices that speak most to YOU. This is your pleasure and blessing, as well as responsibility!"

Read, Read, and then Read some more. Always Read. Find the voices that speak most to YOU. This is your pleasure and blessing, as well as responsibility!



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I'm writing mostly to thank you for living you eighty years and to tell you I love you and think of you often."

I'm writing mostly to thank you for living you eighty years and to tell you I love you and think of you often.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Poetry [is] more necessary than ever as a fire to light our tongues."

Poetry [is] more necessary than ever as a fire to light our tongues.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Getting over what you did to me is not why I get out of bed anymore."

Getting over what you did to me is not why I get out of bed anymore.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "A poem is a cup of words open to the sky and wind in a bucket."

A poem is a cup of words open to the sky and wind in a bucket.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "you will never catch up. Walk around feeling like a leaf know you could tumble at any second. Then decide what to do with your time. --The Art of Disappearing"

you will never catch up. Walk around feeling like a leaf know you could tumble at any second. Then decide what to do with your time. --The Art of Disappearing



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I'm not interested in who suffered the most. I'm interested in people getting over it."

I'm not interested in who suffered the most. I'm interested in people getting over it.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "We dropped our troubles into the lap of the storyteller, and they turned into someone else's."

We dropped our troubles into the lap of the storyteller, and they turned into someone else's.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "our limbs which had already traveled far beyond her world, carrying the click of distances in the smooth, untroubled soles of their shoes."

our limbs which had already traveled far beyond her world, carrying the click of distances in the smooth, untroubled soles of their shoes.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I think the job of writing and literature is to encourage each one of us to believe that we're living in a story."

I think the job of writing and literature is to encourage each one of us to believe that we're living in a story.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I want to be someone making music/with my coming."

I want to be someone making music/with my coming.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I can never see fashion models, lean angular cheeks, strutting hips and blooming hair, without thinking of the skulls at the catacombs in Lima, Peru."

I can never see fashion models, lean angular cheeks, strutting hips and blooming hair, without thinking of the skulls at the catacombs in Lima, Peru.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Mystery: Everything felt better before you got there than when you actually got there. When you actually got there, you didn't quite have the energy to be there."

Mystery: Everything felt better before you got there than when you actually got there. When you actually got there, you didn't quite have the energy to be there.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I support all people on earth who have bodies like and unlike my body."

I support all people on earth who have bodies like and unlike my body.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "The thousands small birds of January in their smooth soaring cloud finding the trees."

The thousands small birds of January in their smooth soaring cloud finding the trees.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "why are we so monumentally slow?"

why are we so monumentally slow?



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "We all find ourselves involved in projects or activities that confound us-when or why did I say I would do this? What was I thinking? I needed a poem for myself that said-pause longer. Think again."

We all find ourselves involved in projects or activities that confound us-when or why did I say I would do this? What was I thinking? I needed a poem for myself that said-pause longer. Think again.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "The writing of Kathleen McGookey shines more brightly than most fine things we feel pleasure to read. Celebrate it!"

The writing of Kathleen McGookey shines more brightly than most fine things we feel pleasure to read. Celebrate it!



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Maybe when your mother died young, you became instantly old."

Maybe when your mother died young, you became instantly old.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "My mother used to tell me when I went somewhere, "Please leave your foolishness at home." But how could I do that? It was stuck on me."

My mother used to tell me when I went somewhere, "Please leave your foolishness at home." But how could I do that? It was stuck on me.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I support all people on earth who have bodies like and unlike my body, skins and moles and old scars, secret and public hair, crooked toes. I support those who have done nothing large."

I support all people on earth who have bodies like and unlike my body, skins and moles and old scars, secret and public hair, crooked toes. I support those who have done nothing large.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "We start out as little bits of disconnected dust."

We start out as little bits of disconnected dust.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "I do think that all of us think in poems."

I do think that all of us think in poems.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "Because sometimes I live in a hurricane of wordsand not one of them can save me."

Because sometimes I live in a hurricane of wordsand not one of them can save me.



Naomi Shihab Nye Quotes: "only kindness that raises its headfrom the crowd of the world to sayit is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you everywherelike a shadow or a friend."

only kindness that raises its headfrom the crowd of the world to sayit is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you everywherelike a shadow or a friend.