"There are two ways to worry words. One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created. The other is to tell the truth."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."June Jordan on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."June Jordan on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."June Jordan on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."June Jordan on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."June Jordan on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"That attitude that fighting is probably not fair, but you have to defend yourself anyway and damage the enemy, has been profoundly consequential as far as my political activism goes."
"The courts cannot garnish a father's salary, nor freeze his account, nor seize his property on behalf of his children, in our society. Apparently this is because a kid is not a car or a couch or a boat."
"But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966."
"Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth."
"The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think."