Nikki Giovanni

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.

Everything will change. he 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.

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.'

If I could come back as anything—I'd be a bird, first, but definitely the command key is my second choice.

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

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

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

Sacred cows make very poor gladiators.

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

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

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

We love because it's the only true adventure.

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

When you are skinning your customers, you should leave some skin on to grow again so that you can skin them again.

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

You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play.

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