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A collection of quotes and sayings by Rita Dove on poems, wings, times, touched, imagination, love, discover, poetry, intimate, complexities, equality and religion.

8 Great Quotes By Rita Dove That Show The Brighter Side Of Life

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Rita Dove is a famed American essayist and poet. She was ‘Poet Laureate Consultant’ to ‘Poetry to the Library of Congress’ for two years. She was the first Afro-American to hold this feat. In 1987, she was awarded the ‘Pulitzer Prize for Poetry,’ making her the second Afro-American to receive the same. For two years, from 2004 to 2006, she also served as the ‘Poet Laureate of Virginia.’ Some of her notable works include, ‘On the Bus with Rosa Parker,’ ‘Museum,’ ‘Through the Ivory Gates,’ ‘Fifth Sunday,’ ‘The Darker Face of the Earth,’ ‘The Yellow House On the Corner’ amongst various others. Here is a corpus of inspiring sayings and quotes by Rita Dove that are sure to enlighten you. Take a look at the collection of thought-provoking quotes and thoughts by Rita Dove which have been gathered from her writings, works, essays, short-stories, novels, drama, interviews and life. 

If you can't be free, be a mystery.

- Rita Dove

I was pirouette and flourish, I was filigree and flame. How could I count my blessings when I didn't know their names?

- On the Bus With Rosa Parks, Rita Dove

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

- Rita Dove

If fucking were graceful,desire an alibi.

- Rita Dove

When I was young, I was older than I am today.

- Rita Dove

If you cannot be free, be a mystery.

- Rita Dove

The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.

- Rita Dove

There is not going to be any change unless we can begin to talk about any little fear, any little hatred, any little bias that we might have and to admit that all human beings have them.

- Rita Dove