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" I don't call myself a Buddhist. I'm a free spirit. I believe I'm here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that's my religion. "
" I grew up in the South under segregation. So, I know what terrorism feels like - when your father could be taken out in the middle of the night and lynched just because he didn't look like he was in an obeying frame of mind when a white person said something he must do. I mean, that's terrorism, too. "
" As long as the people don't fear the truth, there is hope. For once they fear it, the one who tells it doesn't stand a chance. And today, truth is still beautiful... but so frightening. "
" The fact is that when you do something from your heart, you leave a heart print. "
" I continue to care for President Obama and for his family. I think that in many ways they are very courageous people, and I honor that, because I know what it means to live as a black person in a racist America. "
" It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all. "
" I gave my archive to Emory University because there's a really dear friend who teaches there, Rudolph Byrd, and he's the editor. "
" I love the women's movement, and I never thought of it as belonging to any particular segment of the population. "
" I used to meditate all the time in bed. That was when I was raising my daughter, and I'd get her up and off to school, and then I would go back to bed and meditate. And then I would do the same in the evening, and that was very good for that period because I had so many things to juggle as a single mother. "
" I'm not lesbian; I'm not bisexual; I'm not straight. I'm just curious. "
" My interest in creating anything is that it be useful. "
" I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behaviour to the Palestinians, and I want the people of the U.S. to cease acting as if they don't understand what is going on. "
" We must, all of us, learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise. "
" Many readers fail to realize this, but 'The Color Purple' is a theological text. It is about the reclamation of one's original God: the earth and nature. "
" In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful. "
" Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real. "
" The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account. "
" The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. "
" I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to. "
" Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. "
" I have such respect for 'Democracy Now!' "
" I consider the fact that thousands of children die each day from starvation and a lack of medicine a crisis for humanity and a problem we must collectively attempt to solve. "
" As an elder of the Americas and of the rest of the planet, it is my responsibility to care for and protect, to the best of my ability, the young. "
" Human beings may well be unable to break free of the dictatorship of greed that spreads like a miasma over the world, but no longer will we be an inarticulate and ignorant humanity, confused by our enslavement to superior cruelty and weaponry. "
" At Sarah Lawrence, I realized that everybody was already what they were going to be. The painters were painting, the writers writing, the dancers dancing. And nobody wore any makeup. The art was uppermost. "
" We should not look down on our first ancestors. "
" Artists have a responsibility to speak and to act when governments fail, and if we don't do that, we really deserve the world we get. "
" I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe. "
" It's a tragedy, in a way, that Americans are brought up to think that they cannot feel for other people and other beings just because they are different. They think they're different. It's very limiting. "
" I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame. "
" My mother says I was writing before I was crawling. I wrote in the dirt with a twig. "