Countee Cullen, American Poet ( March 30, 1903 - January 9, 1946 )

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For we must be one thing or the other, an asset or a liability, the sinew in your wing to help you soar, or the chain to bind you to earth.~Countee Cullen

Earth Help You

I have a rendezvous with life.~Countee Cullen

Life Rendezvous

Your love to me was like an unread book.~Countee Cullen

Love Book Me

So in the dark we hide the heart that bleeds, And wait, and tend our agonizing seeds.~Countee Cullen

Heart Dark Seeds

There is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call 'the breaks.' In order for a writer to succeed, I suggest three things - read and write - and wait.~Countee Cullen

Success Work Hard Work

I was reared in the conservative atmosphere of a Methodist parsonage.~Countee Cullen

Conservative Atmosphere