Deal with yourself as a individual, worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same way.

— Nikki Giovanni

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

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We love because it's the only true adventure.

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Mistakes are a fact of life. If you are willing to be wrong then you have earned the right to be right.

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We [Black people] have always used our creativity to battle and we're not the only ones. Black Americans are certainly leaders in that simply because we were denied education and dealt with enforced illiteracy. But people seem to always forget that literacy is not the only way of learning things or conveying knowledge.

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

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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.

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If you are sitting there waiting for someone to tell you how wonderful you are, you'll never get anything done. Women need to get over being women. I'm tired of that socialization of women; that we are always supposed to be sitting around pleasing somebody.

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

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

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I would put books on par with chocolate, because a good book is delicious.

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go barefoot and be warm all the time not only when you go to bed and sleep

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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.

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About Nikki Giovanni

Quotes 181 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

I love you because no two snowflakes are alike, and it is possible, if you stand tippy-toe, to walk between the raindrops.

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VISIBILITY - You've got to find a way to make people know you're there

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A white face goes with a white mind. Occasionally a black face goes with a white mind. Very seldom a white face will have a black mind.

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

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

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

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Schools should be integrated by race and by class.

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Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.

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I am of the generation of segregation.

Black Lives Matter is post. I said today, and I will say all the time, "If Nina [Simone] were here, she'd have her Black Lives Matter [T-shirt] on." I think they're great kids. They don't need me or anybody else to tell them what to do.

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Black love is black wealth

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Floating to shore...riding a low moon...on a slow cloud.

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Everybody that loves freedom loves Harriet Tubman because she was determined not only to be free, but to make free as many people as she could.

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Life is a process where people mix and match, fall apart and come back together.

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

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

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

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The only advice [for new writers and poets] I can offer is to be yourself: not the self someone else wants you to be, but the self you are. Enjoy yourself and your life. But most of all travel and eat. That's how we learn.

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If you were a pure bolt of fire-cutting the skies I'd touch you-risking my life-not because I'm brave or strong, but because I'm fascinated by what the outcome would be.

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I am so hip even my errors are correct

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I don't have a life-style, I have a life.

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Writing is a conversation with reading;

a dialogue with thinking. All conversations with older people contain repetition. Some of the ideas mean a lot to me, just interesting, so I both embrace and attack the ideas because I found them, well, delightful.

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Life is a marvelous, transitory adventure.

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I am a huge fan of the Black woman. I never hesitate to recommend her when times are bad or things go wrong.

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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.'

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There is no such thing as writer's block.

There is only not enough information. If you can't write, learn something.

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I appreciate my my sleep In sleep my conversation is witty My home is dusted My office work is up to date The dog is even well behaved And food is on the table on time But then when I'm asleep I don't have you to clutter and confuse My hungry heart

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BEFORE YOU JUMP OFF A BRIDGE OR HANG YOURSELF OR BE UNHAPPY PLEASE CONSIDER: LIVE FOR YOURSELF; THOSE WHO HATE YOU HAVE NO PURCHASE

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When younger, I thought one of the particulars of being "Homo sapiens" was to communicate. I have not learned not to, though I am cautious when I try.

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It is not who you attend school with but who controls the school you attend.

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I move on feeling and have learned to distrust those who don't.

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His headstone said FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST But death is a slave's freedom We seek the freedom of free men And the construction of a world Where Martin Luther King could have lived and preached nonviolence.

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Everyone understands that love comes in many different packages and is used in many different ways. You cannot love beyond your years, nor can you fail to love beneath them... In other words, I think you get the love you need when you open your heart.

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I wish that she had had a black loon because I don't think that Nina [Simone] did. I have always had - I've been very fortunate - a group of little old ladies that I love and who love me, and who turned and to whom I turn at different times.

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And like an unfaithful mate, once a car has let you down you never sort of trust it again.

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Just as nature abhors a vacuum, humans resist change. Change will occur; vacuums will be filled.

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you know a person is having a severe personality crisis if you see a high school class ring on a finger beyond the first semester in college. Male or female. It's a big sign saying nothing has mattered to my life since senior year.

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What's the difference between dragging a black man behind a truck in Jasper, Texas, and beating a white boy to death in Wyoming because he's gay?

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