Shane Koyczan

Born: May 22, 1976

Occupation: Poet

Quotes of Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan

I sit before flowers 
hoping they will train me in the art 
of opening up

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I will love myself despite the ease with which I lean toward the opposite.

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Sometimes becoming drug free has less to do with addiction and more to do with sanity.

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I sit before flowers hoping they will train me in the art of opening up I stand on mountain tops believing that avalanches will teach me to let go I know nothing but I am here to learn.

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What I said was I’ll miss you what I meant to say was I love you what I wanted to say was that I meant what I said and it’s funny how all those things I could have said flooded my head after we said...

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Don't tell me that [broken heartstrings] hurt less than a broken bone, that an ingrown life is something surgeons can cut away, that there's no way for it to metastasize - it does.

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I don't want to turn any of this into poetry / but / you're so beautiful / flowers turn their heads to smell you

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Don't let your luggage define your travels, each life unravels differently.

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I was never meant to be this thing...

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We so seldom understand each other. But if understanding is neither here nor there, and the universe is infinite, then understand that no matter where we go we will always be smack dab in the middle of...

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And you are worth the time it takes to take the time to get to know you. We've managed to muttle through the awkward stage of i like you and you like me, but when we both finally said 'yes' life became...

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You see, the deaf have an intimacy with silence. It’s there in their dreams.

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Someone once told me that the finer points of devotion are about the size of a pinhole, and there are millions of them. And if you could connect each dot, then you’ve got a diagram of what you think...

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If you can't see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror.

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To discover the thing you're brilliant at you first have to endure realizing all the things you're average at.

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I’m not the only kid who grew up this way. Surrounded by people who used to say that rhyme about sticks and stones. As if broken bones hurt more than the names we got called, and we got called them all....

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Look directly into every mirror. Realize our reflection is the first sentence to a story, and our story starts: We were here.

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That’s what we were told—stand up for yourself. But that’s hard to do if you don’t know who you are.

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But we are more than genteel or civilized/ we are an idea in the process of being realized.

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Our lives will only ever always continue to be a balancing act, that has less to do with pain and more to do with beauty

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I have loved this life. I smile because I have tiny dreams that play hopscotch at the corners of my mouth. And every time I breathe they float, every time I laugh, they fly kites.

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Maybe the best we can hope for is that those we leave behind find comfort in knowing, that we’re born out of love, and not science. That biology explains the how, but love explains the why

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Effort is the siamese twin of success

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My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways,

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If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.

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You, me, this city, this country, we will always have a choice.When you stand up to be counted, tell the world, THIS IS MY VOICE. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

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Scrape the grey sky clean. Realize every grey cloud is a smoke screen to blind us from the truth, and the truth is whether we see them or not the sun and moon are still there, and always there is light.

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I've been shot down so many times I get altitude sickness just from standing up for myself.

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I've been told that people in the army do more by 7:00 am than I do in an entire day But if I wake at 6:59 am and turn to you to trace the outline of your lips with mine I will have done enough and killed...

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Don't tell me you're not beautiful. You're the kind of beautiful the blind would see if we could figure out some way to give them three seconds of sight.

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I accept that today may be imperfect... I accept that I may be as well. What I don't accept is that imperfection should be the crutch I use to excuse myself from participating in joy.

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I will not stop. I will not slow down. I will not pull over to ask for directions. I will build the road that takes me where I want to be and I will drive, drive, drive. I will drive until the vehicle...

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My heart is a protest that I let rally against my ribs.

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A question like “do you love me?” was an itch our doctors told us not to scratch.

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I you can't see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror. Look a little closer, stare a little longer. Because there is something inside you that made you keep trying despite everyone who...

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We grew up learning to cheer on the underdog because we see ourselves in them.

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss