"If we really want to be full and generous in spirit, we have no choice but to trust at some level."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."Rita Dove on William Shakespeare
"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth."Rita Dove on Bo Bennett
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."Rita Dove on Stephen King
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."Rita Dove on Isaac Watts
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."Rita Dove on Golda Meir
"I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age."
"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."