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Gwendolyn Brooks
June 7, 1917 - December 3, 2000
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

Don't let anyone call you a minority if you're black or Hispanic or belong to some other ethnic group. You're not less than anybody else.


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.


Very early in life I became fascinated with the wonders language can achieve. And I began playing with words.


What I'm fighting for now in my work... for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks, poems I could take into a tavern, into the street, into the halls of a housing project.


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.


I felt that I had to write. Even if I had never been published, I knew that I would go on writing, enjoying it and experiencing the challenge.


Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come Again in this identical guise.


Look at what's happening in this world. Every day there's something exciting or disturbing to write about. With all that's going on, how could I stop?


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


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


We are each other's magnitude and bond.


When you use the term minority or minorities in reference to people, you're telling them that they're less than somebody else.


I've always thought of myself as a reporter.


Poetry is life distilled.


First fight. Then fiddle.


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