Shakespeare’s name, you may depend on it, stands absurdly too high and will go down.
A black person grows up in this country – and in many places – knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone.
A lyric, it is true, is the expression of personal emotion, but then so is all poetry, and to suppose that there are several kinds of poetry, differing from each other in essence, is to be deceived by wholly artificial divisions which have no real being.
They that know no evil will suspect none.
Opinions are made to be changed – or how is truth to be got at?
I was very afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do this job well. And the time never came back.
Fame, like the river, is narrowest where it is bred, and broadest afar off.
Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
Arrogant, I think I have written lines which qualify me to be The Poetess of America (as Ted will be The Poet of England and her dominions).
The sufficiency of merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.