"Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. The beauty of listening is that those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking our words more seriously and discovering their true selves."
— Henri Nouwen
Dutch-born Catholic priest, born January 24, 1932

"Love is the final end of the world's history, the amen of the universe."
— Novalis
Author, philosopher and poet, born May 2, 1772

"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason."
— Novalis
German poet, died March 25, 1801

"Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise."
— Novalis
German poet, born May 2, 1772

"Some Jews say that a number of possible soul mates await us in this world, and depending on which way we turn, we will meet one of the chosen."
— Yehoshua November
American poet

"Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration."
— Rudolf Nureyev
Russian ballet dancer, died January 6, 1993

"The only critic is a full house."
— Rudolf Nureyev
Russian ballet dancer, born March 17, 1938

"You live as long as you dance."
— Rudolf Nureyev
Russian ballet dancer, defected from the Soviet Union, June 16, 1961

"Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration."
— Rudolf Nureyev
Russian ballet dancer, born March 17, 1938

"Poetry teaches us how to live in a world in which none of us belongs."
— Dennis Nurkse
American poet, born December 13, 1949

"Endurance is not a young person's game. I thought I might even be better at 60 than I was at 30. You have a body that's almost as strong, but you have a much better mind."
— Diana Nyad
American long-distance swimmer, born August 22, 1949

"I think 60 is when many people hit their prime. We elect many of our presidents in their 60s. At that age, people are full of ideas and their best self. I wanted to dig into my potential and bring out my best self."
— Diana Nyad
American long-distance swimmer, born August 22, 1949

"Poetry calls us to pause. There is so much we overlook, while the abundance around us continues to shimmer, on its own."
— Naomi Shihab Nye
American poet, born March 12, 1952

"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
American poet, born March 12, 1952

"It is really hard to be lonely very long in a world of words. Even if you don't have friends somewhere, you still have language, and it will find you and wrap its little syllables around you and suddenly there will be a story to live in."
— Naomi Shihab Nye
American poet, born March 12, 1952

"Being good felt like a heavy coat, so I took it off."
— Naomi Shihab Nye
American poet, born March 12, 1952

"When I write my music I see all the rivers flowing... sensual, spiritual, religious, animal, intellectual."
— Laura Nyro
American singer, born October 18, 1947