I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes.

— Sonia Sanchez

The most bumbling Sonia Sanchez quotes that are little-known but priceless

You can't have relationships with other people until you give birth to yourself.


All poets, all writers are political.

They either maintain the status quo, or they say, 'Something's wrong, let's change it for the better.'


Zora Neale Hurston said fear is the greatest emotion and I said, 'No my dear sister.' Fear will make us move to save our own skins. Love also makes us save ourselves, but it will make us move to save others as well.


No. Don't never go looking for love girl. Just wait. It'll come. Like the rain fallin' from the heaven, it'll come. Just don't never give up on love.


The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the 'Negro's' reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images.


... in order to be a true revolutionary, you must understand love. Love, sacrifice, and death.


I still hear you humming, Mama. The colour of your song calls me home. The colour of your words saying, Let her be. She got a right to be different. She gonna stumble on herself one of these days. Just let the child be. And I be, Mama.


So much of growing up is an unbearable waiting. A constant longing for another time. Another season.


what i need is traveling minds talktouch kisses spittouch you swimming upstream.


The joy of poetry is that it will wait for you.

Novels don't wait for you. Characters change. But poetry will wait. I think it's the greatest art.


What I'm trying to do is to tell young people that I teach them how to breathe before I teach the haiku. That one breath, that one breath, because the haiku keeps you alive. It keeps you going. If you learn how to breath the haiku, you learn how to breathe. If you learn how to breathe, you're much healthier.


Come windless invader I am a carnival of Stars, a poem of blood.


About Sonia Sanchez

Quotes 25 sayings
Profession Poet
Birthday September 9, 1934

the first day i shot dope was on a sunday.

i had just come home from church got mad at my mother cuz she got mad at me. u dig?


What is the beauty of the haiku is that it is not simplistic.

The beauty of the haiku I just said is very complex. It reaches all the complexities of our life on this Earth. Peace - that's a very complex idea, peace, so we can't get it as human beings.


I write to tell the truth about the black condition as I see it.

Therefore, I write to offer a black woman's view of the world.


it is midnight no magical bewitching hour for me


I probably have not killed anyone in America because I write, I've maintained good controls over myself by writing.


I shall become, I shall become a collector of me. And put meat on my soul.


...I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread truth to people.


The words loved me and I loved them in return.


Art... reacts to or reflects the culture it springs from.


And I cried… for all of the women who stretched their bodies for civilizations, only to find ruins.


Poetry is subconscious conversation, it is as much the work of those who understand it and those who make it.


The most fundamental truth to be told in any art form, as far as Blacks are concerned, is that America is killing us.