"My father is a chemist, my mother was a homemaker. My parents instilled in us the feeling that learning was the most exciting thing that could happen to you, and it never ends."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."Rita Dove on Maya Angelou
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."Rita Dove on Albert Einstein
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."Rita Dove on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."Rita Dove on Mahatma Gandhi
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."Rita Dove on Earl Nightingale
"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."