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What I'm fighting for now in my work...
by Gwendolyn Brooks

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.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

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

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

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

 

I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

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.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

Poetry is life distilled.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

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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?
- Gwendolyn Brooks

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.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

I've always thought of myself as a reporter.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

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.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

First fight.
Then fiddle.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

We are each other's magnitude and bond.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

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.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

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

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- Philo

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

If you want peace, stop fighting.
If you want peace of mind,
stop fighting with your thoughts.
- Peter McWilliams

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil.
If they would only expend the same
amount of energy loving their fellow men,
the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
- Helen Keller

You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.
- John Lennon

When I hear a man preach,
I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
- Abraham Lincoln

Marriage is nature's way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.
- Alan King

A systemic cleansing and detox is definitely the way
to go after each holiday.
It is the key to fighting high blood pressure,
heart disease, cancer, and other health-related illnesses.
- Lee Haney

In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace,
in marriage, in education and on the playing field.
It was a very exciting, rebellious time.
- Marlo Thomas

We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.
- Mao Tse-Tung

And it is essential that in fighting terrorism,
sacrifices should not be made on democracy.
- Bulent Ecevit

We are proud to say we are racist and hate to see Whites fighting each other.
I oppose the Wars.
- Tom Metzger

Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.
- George Carlin

Switzerland is a place where they don't like to fight,
so they get people to do their fighting for them while
they ski and eat chocolate.
- Larry David

And Life is Colour and Warmth and Light and a striving evermore for these;
and he is dead,
who will not fight; and who dies fighting has increase.
- Julian Grenfell

Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals,
are in imitation of fighting.
- Jonathan Swift

In Europe the right wing is bogged down in Nationalism
in most cases and still fighting so called Reds.
- Tom Metzger

If a man consults whether he is to fight,
when he has the power in his own hands,
it is certain that his opinion is against fighting.
- Horatio Nelson

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
- Napoleon Hill

Nobody knows through how many thousands of years fighting
men have made a place for themselves while the weak
and peaceable have gone to the wall.
- Elihu Root

The risk of a terrorist victory is greater when in fighting terror,
democracy betrays its own essence.
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Surely our inaction with respect to Syria is a poor
precedent if we're fighting a war on terror.
- Bill Kristol

I want to get back to my fighting weight of 98 pounds.
I have the exact measurements of that guy from the movie,
Powder.
Right now, I am the reigning West Coast Powder.
- David Spade

The downside isn't really injury, fear of injury or
the process of fighting back from injury.
The downside, the very worst thing in the world,
is surgery.
- Greg Rusedski

The Sandinista government became consumed with fighting a war of survival.
They were up against the biggest superpower in the world.
- Bianca Jagger

The worst thing that can happen to us in an ideological
struggle is to become what we are fighting.
- Nick Clooney

Cognition is not fighting, but once someone knows a lot,
he will have much to fight for, so much that he will
be called a relativist because of it.
- Karel Capek

In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate.
- Yitzhak Rabin

We knew what we were up against, but we were going to go down fighting.
Hopefully people back home remember that we got this far.
We've got nothing to be ashamed about.
- John Atkinson

For me, the toughest thing for kids to deal with is
when the parents are fighting.
It's not violence on them - it's the feeling of violence in the family.
- Avi Arad

You have to listen to adversaries and keep looking
for that point beyond which it's against their interests
to keep on disagreeing or fighting.
- Cyrus Vance

I go to my physical therapist to keep fighting it and
one of them told me if you don't use it,
you lose it, but I know we're on television so I won't
say what I would often say.
- Teri Garr

Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.
- Clarence Darrow

We say that we care about the war, but we don't even
really know what we're fighting for.
- Scott Ritter

It's very clearly stated in the film:
You make your own choices,
and what you're always fighting is ego.
- Taylor Hackford

If you've got unemployment, low pay,
that was just too bad.
But that was the system.
That was the sort of economy and philosophy against
which I was fighting in the 1930s.
- Barbara Castle

I'm fighting so I can die a martyr and go to heaven to meet God.
Our fight now is against the Americans.
- Osama bin Laden

No one respects the umpire's job more than I do;
but,
if I were a manager, I would probably be ejected three
or four times a season fighting for my team.
- Jim Evans

Then you get into it, especially if you start talking about football,
fighting and Muhammad Ali.
Then the ladies get very bored and start delivering ultimatums.
- Oliver Reed

The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and
democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan.
- Henry A. Wallace

You don't need to be for or against the war to provide
morale and support to the men and women who are fighting over seas.
These are human beings who are doing a service.
- Mike Thompson

Athletes as role models and heroes is a hoax,
a sick hoax.
The men and women who are fighting in Iraq,
they are the true heroes.
- Gale Sayers

I know that New York City remains the highest density
urban area in the country and by far dedicates more
of its own funds to fighting terrorism than any other municipality.
- Jose Serrano

There was a very convincing argument made that the
extremists have won and the aggression is now supported by the majority,
therefore fighting until surrender was the only alternative.
- Joichi Ito

I don't like yelling and fighting, and I can't quarrel.
- Grace Kelly

I feel like I'm always fighting not to repeat myself.
- Billy Corgan

I think Blank Generation holds up pretty well.
You listen to that with headphones and there's a lot
going on there with the guitars-
it's the product of a lot of fighting.
- Robert Quine

Oh, go in anywhere Colonel, go in anywhere.
You'll find lovely fighting all along the line.
- Philip Kearny

To gain a crown by fighting is great,
to reject it divine.
- Friedrich Schiller

I had to have some balls to be Irish Catholic in South London.
Most of that time I spent fighting.
- Pierce Brosnan

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe
training has on the pugilist:
it reduces him to his fighting weight.
- Josh Billings

The greatest fight is when you are fighting in the
smoke and cannot see with your eyes.
- Mark Helprin

After all my years of playing soldiers,
and then of reading History, I have almost a mania to be in the East,
to see fighting, and to serve.
- Wilfred Owen

We need to stop fighting Christian against Christian.
I have no time for anything but trying to love other people.
That is a full-time job.
- Anne Rice

I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front,
and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
- Douglas MacArthur


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