Spoken Word Quotes

Quotes tagged as "spoken-word" (showing 1-30 of 39)
Shane L. Koyczan
“And as for romance? Well, I want that too.
I want to fall asleep next to you, 100 times a night,
so I can know you 100 times better before we hit the day light. And despite all of this,
I also want amnesia so I can relive each kiss with a perfect newness
that leaves me smashed in the arms of rapture. I want the sky to fracture under
the impossible weight of an apology because I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I want so much.
I'm sorry that I'm using "I'm sorry" as a crutch to lean on for so long
but if you sing me that song of sweet logic again then I promise to make the effort
to stand on my own. There is a reason that our hearts are more like a muscle
and less like a bone. I've known so many people who've have grown up flexing
in front of mirrors and falling for their own reflection as if that's adequate but that's bullshit.
Because we only get now until the time we go and if they've only got time to love themselves
then nobody is going to be around to hear the sound of their heartbeat echo.
So lady, don't expect an apology when I tell you I'm only held together
by a heart that pumps blue, it's the strongest muscle in my body and I'm flexing it for you”
Shane L. Koyczan

Shane L. Koyczan
“and if you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself
get a better mirror
look a little closer
stare a little longer
because there’s something inside you
that made you keep trying
despite everyone who told you to quit
you built a cast around your broken heart
and signed it yourself
you signed it
“they were wrong”
Shane L. Koyczan

Saul Williams
“My love is my soul's imagination...
how do I love you... imagine.”
Saul Williams

Neil Hilborn
“The first time I saw her,
Everything in my head went quiet.”
Neil Hilborn

Jim Morrison
“Death Makes Angels of us all.”
Jim Morrison

Andrea Gibson
“I wrote too many poems in a language I did not yet know how to speak
But I know now it doesn't matter how well I say grace
if I am sitting at a table where I am offering no bread to eat
So this is my wheat field
you can have every acre, Love
this is my garden song
this is my fist fight
with that bitter frost
tonight I begged another stage light to become that back alley street lamp that we danced beneath
the night your warm mouth fell on my timid cheek
as i sang maybe i need you
off key
but in tune
maybe i need you the way that big moon needs that open sea
maybe i didn't even know i was here til i saw you holding me
give me one room to come home to
give me the palm of your hand
every strand of my hair is a kite string
and I have been blue in the face with your sky
crying a flood over Iowa so you mother will wake to Venice
Lover, I smashed my glass slipper to build a stained glass window for every wall inside my chest
now my heart is a pressed flower and a tattered bible
it is the one verse you can trust
so I'm putting all of my words in the collection plate
I am setting the table with bread and grace
my knees are bent
like the corner of a page
I am saving your place”
Andrea Gibson

“who did I think we were.
who did I think
I could make you.

this is the oldest mistake,
to confuse wanting
with magic. silence is the undoing
of every spell, and we are experts
in the unsaid. even now, I forget
to put us in past tense. as if
the air in this city were the same.
as if love is anything like its speaking.”
Marty McConnell Emily Kagan Trenchard

Andrea Gibson
“I wrote too many poems in a language I did not yet know how to speak.”
Andrea Gibson

Shane L. Koyczan
“We somehow must become what we are not, sacrificing what we are, to inherit the masquerade of what we will be.”
Shane L. Koyczan

“The spoken word is ephemeral. The written word, eternal. A symphony, timeless.”
A.E. Samaan

Michael Bassey Johnson
“You may use a thousand words for a single lie, but the  truth has no twin.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Fernando Pessoa
“Every spoken word double-crosses us. The only tolerable form of communication is the written word, since it isn't a stone in a bridge between souls but a ray of light between stars.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Lydia Lunch
“I knew that my trauma, no matter what it was, was not unique. I knew that pain was the universal driving force of so many people—I knew that only in the details was it specific, and I just found it urgent to cut right to the chase and get right to the point.”
Lydia Lunch, Lydia Lunch

Ana Claudia Antunes
“A good writer is also an avid reader. A good reader is also a vivid dreamer. A good dreamer is also a good learner. And a good learner is definitely a good listener. A good listener is always looking to what the heart speaks. A spoken heart talks directly to a silent soul. And a silent soul is most of the time in pace with a peaceful thought. A peaceful thought is also a good writer...”
Ana Claudia Antunes, The Tao of Physical and Spiritual

“I love

how grown children
will still

their mothers

It is
as though,

their eyes
have met
the cascading

and golden
of every

their souls

to the beat 
of their
and care.”
A Starry Eyed April

Criss Jami
“The trouble with poetry is it's often written to the sound of a drum only the poet may hear; nonetheless, blessed are those poets who always manage to find unshakeable pleasure in their own works.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

N.D. Wilson
“A man's words reveal, first, the man. The words are not the man, and yet they reveal him faithfully and are to be identified with him. Out of the abundance of the heart, the man speaks. The foundational nature of all language is therefore metaphorical because every word a man speaks reveals himself—just as God reveals Himself through the Word. Every word spoken ultimately reveals the speaker.”
N.D. Wilson, The Rhetoric Companion

Lydia Lunch
“The evidence of death is before my eyes constantly. Moving from me outward. My death always a step in advance. The world is a mirror of myself dying. The world not dying anymore than I die. I more alive a hundred years from now. Than at this very moment.”
Lydia Lunch

Ufuoma Apoki
“There comes a time when you're so in tune with God that your spoken word becomes God’s Word, and it has the necessary potency to back it up. #Elijah”
Ufuoma Apoki

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre
“A prayer is a private conversation, a poem is an incantation”
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre

Criss Jami
“I enjoy poetry where I can talk as bizarre as I please, but theology or philosophy, I always respect the truth by taking it a step further.”
Criss Jami, Healology

A.A. Patawaran
“To read a poem
Is to see light where there is darkness
Is to hear silence where there is noise
Is to dance where there is no music
Is to sing where the only instrument is words
And the stirring, impassioned pauses”
A.A. Patawaran, HAI[NA]KU and other poems

“I do not care what I labeled, as long as I am heard.”
Hannah Sawyerr

Dexter Palmer
“It is time to put down the pen; time to clear the throat. Speaking is a different thing altogether from writing. The spoken word has different properties, and different powers. If I have learned anything from writing down my own tale, it is this.”
Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

Annie Fisher
“I became part of his ocean, an ocean of poetry that swayed and moved anybody near, that plunged up against every chair and table and tugged and tried our souls. His poem left me dry-mouthed and hungry, diminished only slightly from the bitterness of the beer I continually forgot was in my hand.”
Annie Fisher, The Greater Picture

Maddie Godfrey
“Do not think about failure. Remember that even stars fall sometimes, and when they do people wish on them.”
Maddie Godfrey

Drishti Bablani
“Words are powerful, but truly strong relationships are not shaken by the spoken words, for the words in the heart are heard loud and clear, despite the temperamental poor choice of the word uttered.”
Drishti Bablani

Stephen Roxborough
“the oracle does not speak
her tongue tired of lashings
she empties her mind
moves to another sense
rides a silent wave
to your shore”
Stephen Roxborough, This Wonderful Perpetual Beautiful

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