"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."
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Rita Dove on Bill Cosby
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."Rita Dove on Swami Vivekananda
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."Rita Dove on Bruce Lee
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."Rita Dove on David Brinkley
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."Rita Dove on Winston Churchill
"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."