Gwendolyn Brooks

1917 - 2000

A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks on bravery

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It is brave to be involved To be not fearful to be unresolved.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

Source: "do not be afraid of no," Annie Allen, 1949.

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks on life and poetry

Poetry is life distilled.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks on reading

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Reading is important - read between the lines. Don't swallow everything.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks

As you get older, you find that often the wheat, disentangling itself from the chaff, comes out to meet you.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

Source: Report From Part One, 1972.

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks on truth

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Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

Source: Famous Black Quotations, ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks on death, jazz, and schools

We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

Source: "We ReaI CooI," The Bean Eaters, 1960.

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks

I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

Source: My Soul Looks Back, 'Less I Forget, by Dorothy Winbush Riley, 1995.

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks on art and world

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Art is a refining and evocative translation of the materials of the world.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

Source: Black Poetry Writing, 1975.

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks on education, inspiration, justice, schools, and writers

A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

Source: Report From Part One, 1972.

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks

Be careful what you swallow. Chew!

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

Source: Advice to graduates, Buena Vista University Graduation, 1995

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