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Naomi Shihab Nye

  • What did exclusivity ever have to offer but a distorted, unrealistic view of the world? People who stuck only to their own kind were scared people.

    • Naomi Shihab Nye,
    • "Widening the Circle," in Bart Schneider, ed., Race: An Anthology in the First Person ()
  • ... the real heroes of race and culture would always be the people who stepped out of their own line to make a larger circle.

    • Naomi Shihab Nye,
    • "Widening the Circle," in Bart Schneider, ed., Race: An Anthology in the First Person ()
  • As a direct line to human feeling, empathic experience, genuine language and detail, poetry is everything that headline news is not. It takes us inside situations, helps us imagine life from more than one perspective, honors imagery and metaphor — those great tools of thought — and deepens our confidence in a meaningful world.

    • Naomi Shihab Nye,
    • "This Is Not Who We Are," in O: The Oprah Magazine ()
  • It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness. / ... / You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit / for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it, / and in that way, be known.

    • Naomi Shihab Nye,
    • "So Much Happiness," Winds Under the Words: Selected Poems ()
  • People do not pass away. / They die and then, they stay.

    • Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye, U.S. poet, songwriter, writer