Top quotes by Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni's top quotes. 'There are things you stand up for because it's right.' 'If everybody became a poet the world would be much better. We would all read to each other.'

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

We love because it's the only true adventure.

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

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

I spend a lot of time learning about bird watching.

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

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.

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.

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

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