Gwendolyn Brooks
Quotations


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

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

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.

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

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

Be careful what you swallow. Chew!

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

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

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

The genuine thing. I am not deceived, I do not think it is still summer. Because sun stays and birds continue to sing.

Each body has its art.

Poetry is life distilled.

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

When you love a man, he becomes more than a body. His physical limbs expand, and his outline recedes, vanishes. He is rich and sweet and right. He is part of the world, the atmosphere, the blue sky and the blue water.



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