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" You know, one race will not be a survivor if the other one dies, and that's something that we should think about. "
" 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. "
" Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams. "
" Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom. "
" What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears. "
" Fear is real, but so is love. "
" We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone. "
" I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart. "
" 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. "
" Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk? "
" I'm entirely interested in people, and also other creatures and beings, but especially in people, and I tend to read them by emotional field more than anything. So I have a special interest in what they're thinking and who they are and who's hiding behind those eyes and how did he get there, and what's the story, really? "
" Even with all of the things that are so awful, if you walk into your yard and stay there looking at almost anything for five minutes, you will be stunned by how marvelous life is and how incredibly lucky we are to have it. "
" 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. "
" I was brought up to try to see what was wrong and right it. Since I am a writer, writing is how I right it. "
" Women have to be extremely careful about choosing something that they consider an act of defiance that can really be used to further their enslavement. "
" At one point I learned transcendental meditation. This was 30-something years ago. It took me back to the way that I naturally was as a child growing up way in the country, rarely seeing people. I was in that state of oneness with creation and it was as if I didn't exist except as a part of everything. "
" There's an ecstatic side to writing. It's like jazz. It just has a life. "
" 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. "
" Some writers sit down without a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft. "
" As far as a glass ceiling, I feel that all you can do is give it your absolute best with whatever gifts the universe has given you. And if you make it in some way that other people can recognize, that's fine. But even if you don't quote-unquote make it, you're fine if you've given it your whole heart and soul. "
" All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world. "
" I'm still living at least five parallel lives, honestly! I wonder about it. I have no idea how that happens. "
" I was distressed that after 9/11, when the United States was attacked by terrorists, the United States' response was to attack Afghanistan, where some of the terrorists had been. "
" People have so many hang-ups about how other people live their lives. People always want to keep you in a little box, or they need to label you and fix you in time and location. "
" It is important to remember yourself. "
" I think 'The Color Purple' is so bursting with love, the need for connection, the showing of the need for connection around the globe. "
" We should not look down on our first ancestors. "
" My mother had bought a sewing machine for me. When I went away to college, she gave me a sewing machine, a typewriter and a suitcase, and my mother made $17 a week working as a maid 12 hours a day, and she did that for me. "
" My life is not to be somebody else's impact - you know what I mean? "
" Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. "
" I'm very disappointed in Obama. I was very much in support of him in the beginning, but I cannot support war. I cannot support droning. I cannot support capitulating to the banks. "