"I am totally fascinated by people and our history as I understand and continue to explore it. People have so much to give and so far to go and yet we have given and gone a great distance. It's really just interesting to ask: why not? And see where that takes me."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Nikki Giovanni on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Nikki Giovanni on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Nikki Giovanni on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Nikki Giovanni on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Nikki Giovanni on Thomas Jefferson
"I appreciate and enjoy my age."
"A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it."
"Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying."
"For most of my life, I've thought of myself as pretty cool."
"I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try."