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All Quotes by author - Clemantine Wamariya
" After my final semester at Yale in December of 2013, I made a scary choice. Instead of looking for work - feeling over-read and underweight - that for a few months I would go wherever the wind carried me. I would become a student of the world, and I would eat. "
" All that I have achieved has been possible not only because of my own strength and perseverance, gained through hardship, but also through other people's support and belief in me. "
" Always strive to be a better you for you and for other. "
" As a child growing up in refugee camps, life taught me that many things were impossible. My older sister, Claire, taught me otherwise when her strength and resilience made the impossible possible in the way she worked, behaved, and took control of our lives. "
" Being able to connect with other humans is something I've done since I was little. "
" Being kind to myself helped me deal with people who thought less of me and thought they were better than me. "
" Children tell the truth. "
" Elie Wiesel and his book 'Night' have changed my life, shifting the way I see and treat people and inspiring me to fight injustices any way I am able. "
" Every single person on the planet has equal humanity. "
" Everything I own in my closet has a story. Stuff is not just stuff - things were given to me with love. "
" Forgiveness allowed me to wash my burdened past away. "
" From age six to 12, I lived in seven different countries, moving from one refugee camp to another, hoping we would be wanted. "
" Growing up in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, I had a wonderful life, one that I have not experienced anywhere since, even after living in nine countries. "
" Growing up, many of us are taught to place limits on what we can accomplish while on earth. We tend to think of things in binary form: either as possible or, more frequently, impossible. "
" I am not a refugee. I sought refuge for many years, but the word 'refugee' does not define me. It just limits me and puts me in a box. "
" I am thankful to those who've listened to my story over and over as well as those who've helped me share it. For me, the act of storytelling is an act of healing. "
" I don't think in a linear form. "
" I enjoyed playing everywhere, especially my mother's garden and my neighbor's. I loved my kindergarten. We sang songs; we played everywhere and ate lunch. I had a childhood that I would wish for anyone. "
" If we believe that a person seeking refuge is to be pitied, feared, despised, and looked down upon, we are doing ourselves a disservice. "
" If you want to learn about the history of a people, eat their food and drink their beverages. "
" I go around the country sharing my story. I aim to dare other people to go deep into their own stories and hope to inspire them to think about their own world and experiences. "
" I hate light... I feel like at night, it's safer. If anything happens, there's a way to hide at night. Another thing I hate about light is it reminds me about being in a refugee camp and being outside. "
" I'm not a victim - I'm a survivor of hunger, of hate, of different injustices that humans are facing today. "
" I'm open to everything. Take me anywhere, show me everything. "
" I'm still coping with my trauma, but coping by trying to find different ways to heal it rather than hide it. "
" In 2006, after 12 years being separated away from my family and then seven years knowing that they were dead and them thinking that we were dead, we reunited... in the most dramatic, American way possible. Live, on television. "
" I never thought that being a public speaker would teach me so much about life and make it so beautiful as well. "
" It has taken me so many years to finally be in my bed and fall asleep for six hours. "
" I think, when you survive any intense experience, people try to moralize you; a lot of people just try to raise you high, and it's so not fair to you and to everybody else. "
" It is so important to share experiences with one another. Humans are so often in their own heads and not looking to others. But we have to realize that we are always invited to be a part of someone else's story - we are together in this. "
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