Nikki Grimes quotes

  • Something about your life always makes its way into your stories. Thats just the nature of the beast.
    -- Nikki Grimes

    #Way #Stories #Beast

  • I'm an artist...The difference is that I don't tell anybody. I refuse to give them new reasons to laugh at me.
    -- Nikki Grimes

    #Artist #Differences #Giving

  • Look around. Take the tour. Fear hangs on the wall and shame sometimes. Emotional dislocation too. But I am brave in my admission. Are you? When no one is looking, I check to see if anyone seems as scared as me, or lonely, or shy, or insecure. Is it just me? I'm not so sure. Is your heart an onion too? Show me yours, I'll show you mine we used to say. Your turn. Peel away.
    -- Nikki Grimes

    #Lonely #Wall #Heart

  • For I am coconut / and the heart of me / is sweeter / than you know.
    -- Nikki Grimes

    #Heart #Coconuts

  • There's something about a blank page that makes me tingle.
    -- Nikki Grimes

    #Pages #Diaries #Blank

  • When I think of the Harlem Renaissance, I think of bright colors, and bold, dynamic art. African American artists of the period were, in large measure, breaking out of the constrictions white society had set for them. They were claiming and remaking their own images, and doing so in bold and striking ways.
    -- Nikki Grimes

    #Art #Thinking #Color

  • Each of us is tied, in some fashion, to the past. We are all part of a continuum.
    -- Nikki Grimes

    #Fashion #Past #Continuum

  • I am particularly conscious of my connection to the poets of the Harlem Renaissance because I, too, am a Black poet, born into, and shaped by, the very community in which those poets of the past produced so much of the work we associate with the Harlem Renaissance. We speak from the same place, both literally and metaphorically.
    -- Nikki Grimes

    #Past #Community #Black

  • Science fiction is never about the future, in the same way history is rarely about the past: they're both parable formats for examining or commenting on the present.

  • War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life.

  • She didn't know then that life has a way of backing you into a corner. You make your choices when you're far too young to understand their implications, and with each choice you make the field of possibility narrows. You choose a career and other careers are lost to you. You choose a mate and commit to loving no other.

  • All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

  • What's so great about television. You're able to tell a long story, where you couldn't really do that in a film because you have to tell a story in an hour and a half or two hours.

  • I really enjoy listening to stories. I remember them and keep them in my mind.

  • Learn from the beasts the physic of the field.

  • It was a natural process, because when we go to the ring we are human beings, but once you feel the punches and the competition that's when the beast comes out and takes hold of us.

  • A bad man can do a million times more harm than a beast.

  • He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.