"Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Nikki Giovanni on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Nikki Giovanni on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Nikki Giovanni on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Nikki Giovanni on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Nikki Giovanni on Robert Frost
"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."