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" My parents were both storytellers. They always spoke with metaphorical richness. "
" Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real. "
" It's not possible to stop love. "
" In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful. "
" 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. "
" David Icke reminded me of Malcolm X. "
" My mother says I was writing before I was crawling. I wrote in the dirt with a twig. "
" Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. "
" I wanted in my lifetime to vote for a radical Native American woman, since my vision of any future that we might have is that it will be led by women and older women. "
" For me, I used to be shy towards journalism because it wasn't poetry. And then I realized that the events that I covered in essays that became journalism were actually great because they inspired me, and they became my muse. "
" 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. "
" Meditation has been a loyal friend to me. It has helped me write my books. "
" 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. "
" It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's 'mature' critics often are. "
" Sucking up to the biggies won't get us anywhere. "
" It is because I recognize the brutality with which my own multi-branched ancestors have been treated that I can identify the despicable, lawless, cruel, and sadistic behavior that has characterized Israel's attempts to erase a people, the Palestinians, from their own land. "
" 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 have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart. "
" I can imagine in years to come that my papers and memorabilia, my journals and letters, will find themselves always in the company of people who care about many of the things I do. "
" Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful. "
" I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything. "
" And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. "
" I believe you mother everybody, not in a cloying, hovering way, but taking care of what is around you. "
" I love us so incredibly, insanely deeply; it's almost unbearable to see what we do to ourselves. "
" No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. "
" Fiction is such a world of freedom, it's wonderful. If you want someone to fly, they can fly. "
" I never have an intended audience. I just write, you know. "
" On a spiritual level, it's as though with my sighted eye I see what's before me, and with my unsighted eye I see what's hidden. It's illuminated life more than darkened it. "
" The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout. "
" I'm tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro - that's the Scotch-Irish part. "
" There are thousands of Palestinians in prison virtually for no reason. "