For a long time, I thought I was ugly and disfigured. This made me shy and timid, and I often reacted to insults that were not intended.
For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.
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.
We must begin seeing other creatures as equal. Existence makes us all equal.
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 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.
I never have an intended audience. I just write, you know.
I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism.
Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.
In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.
I think the foundation of everything in my life is wonder.
I think that wealthy white people would like to have a country that resembles the Fifties, when all the minorities were tucked away in ghettos and paid in very low wages but on the surface it was very bright and shiny and free and the rest of the world would look on it longingly.
In South Korea, they believe that when you turn 60, you’ve become a baby again and the rest of your life should be totally about joy and happiness, and people should leave you alone, and I just think that that’s the height of intelligence.