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Rita Dove Quotes and Sayings

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If we really want to be full and generous in spirit,
we have no choice but to trust at some level.
- Rita Dove

Related topics: Trust

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

I have a high guilt quotient.
A poem can go through as many as 50 or 60 drafts.
It can take from a day to two years-or longer.
- Rita Dove

I didn't know writers could be real live people,
because I never knew any writers.
- Rita Dove

 

My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter.
I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
- Rita Dove

All of us have moments in our childhood where we come
alive for the first time.
And we go back to those moments and think,
This is when I became myself.
- Rita Dove

Libraries are where it all begins.
- Rita Dove

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I see a resurgence of interest in poetry.
I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts
when it comes to federal funding.
- Rita Dove

The American Dream is a phrase we'll have to wrestle with all of our lives.
It means a lot of things to different people.
I think we're redefining it now.
- Rita Dove

It's unfortunate that sometimes in schools,
there's this need to have things quantified and graded.
- Rita Dove

I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls,
because I think those are the two elements of poetry.
- Rita Dove

For years, I had heard about the lack of interest in literature in the U.S.
and I had complained about it.
I failed to understand how people could fail to be moved by art.
- Rita Dove

I prefer to explore the most intimate moments,
the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.
- Rita Dove

I believe people may have a predisposition for artistic creativity.
It doesn't mean they're going to make it.
- Rita Dove

Being Poet Laureate made me realize I was capable of a larger voice.
There is a more public utterance I can make as a poet.
- Rita Dove

Going to the library was the one place we got to go
without asking for permission.
And they let us choose what we wanted to read.
It was a feeling of having a book be mine entirely.
- Rita Dove

When we are touched by something it's as if we're being
brushed by an angel's wings.
- Rita Dove

I thought, after the Pulitzer, at least nothing will
surprise me quite that much in my life.
And another one happened.
It was quite amazing.
- Rita Dove

Being true to yourself really means being true to all
the complexities of the human spirit.
- Rita Dove

The sound of the mandolin is a very curious sound because
it's cheerful and melancholy at the same time,
and I think it comes from that shadow string,
the double strings.
- Rita Dove

It's the combination of the intimate and the public
that I find so exciting about being poet laureate.
- Rita Dove

My father is a chemist, my mother was a homemaker.
My parents instilled in us the feeling that learning
was the most exciting thing that could happen to you,
and it never ends.
- Rita Dove

I keep the drafts of each poem in color-coded folders.
I pick up the folders according to how I feel about that color that day.
- Rita Dove

What is ironic is that Allen Ginsberg's importance
was in its twilight for so many years that it took
his death to bring it to the front page.
He electrified an entire world!
- Rita Dove

Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is,
you need to talk with children, to teachers,
and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early.
- Rita Dove

I was apprehensive.
I feared every time I talked about poetry,
it would be filtered through the lens of race,
sex, and age.
- Rita Dove

I loved to write when I was a child.
I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child,
then you put away childish things.
- Rita Dove

I think reading Shakespeare's plays when I was young was extremely important.
He had the ability to make utter strangers come alive.
- Rita Dove

Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity.
Rap is geared for aural pleasure.
- Rita Dove

I was appointed Poet Laureate.
It came totally out of the blue because most Poet Laureates
had been considerably older than I. It was not something
that I even had begun to dream about!
- Rita Dove

The joy of working at something to find out what it
means to me is what I grew up with.
- Rita Dove

What writing does is to reveal.
- Rita Dove

You have to imagine it possible before you can see something.
You can have the evidence right in front of you,
but if you can't imagine something that has never existed before,
it's impossible.
- Rita Dove

If they don't read, if they don't love reading;
if they don't find themselves compulsively reading,
I don't think they're really a writer.
- Rita Dove

There are times in life when, instead of complaining,
you do something about your complaints.
- Rita Dove

I write short stories, and I wrote a play.
- Rita Dove

One definition of eternity is that we are not alone on this planet,
that there are those who've gone before and those who will come,
and that there is a community of spirits.
- Rita Dove

I carry a notebook with me everywhere.
But that's only the first step.
- Rita Dove

In working on a poem, I love to revise.
Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this,
but in the process of revision I discover things.
- Rita Dove

It really wasn't until I was in college when I began to write more and more,
and I realized I was scheduling my entire life around my writing.
- Rita Dove

There are distinct duties of a poet laureate.
I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress
and advise the librarian.
The rest is how I want to promote poetry.
- Rita Dove

People write me from all over the country,
asking me, and sometimes even telling me,
what they think a poet laureate should do.
I found that immensely valuable.
- Rita Dove

I think children have talent and insight,
but it gets beaten out of them.
- Rita Dove

For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard,
not an aria heard.
- Rita Dove

The poetry that sustains me is when I feel that,
for a minute, the clouds have parted and I've seen ecstasy or something.
- Rita Dove

Without imagination we can go nowhere.
And imagination is not restricted to the arts.
Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine.
- Rita Dove

I loved to read, but I always thought that the dream was too far away.
The person who had written the book was a god,
it wasn't a person.
- Rita Dove

Have you ever heard a good joke? If you've ever heard someone just right,
with the right pacing, then you're already on the way to poetry.
It's about using words in very precise ways and using gesture.
- Rita Dove

To write for PC reasons, because you think you ought
to be dealing with this subject,
is never going to yield anything that is really going
to matter to anyone else.
It has to matter to you.
- Rita Dove

Under adversity, under oppression, the words begin to fail,
the easy words begin to fail.
In order to convey things accurately,
the human being is almost forced to find the most precise words possible,
which is a precondition for literature.
- Rita Dove

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

One of the secrets of life is that
all that is really worth the doing
is what we do for others.
- Lewis Carroll

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

The only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

What you seem to be, be really.
- Benjamin Franklin


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