"I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Rita Dove on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Rita Dove on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Rita Dove on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Rita Dove on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Rita Dove on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."