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“The beginning of all wisdom is to understand that you don't know. To know is the enemy of all learning. To be sure is the enemy of wisdom.”
Victor Villaseñor, Burro Genius: A Memoir
“And I thanked mi papa who'd always said to me that we, los Indios, the Indians, were like the weeds. That roses you had to water and giver fertilizer or they'd die. But weeds, indigenous plants, you gave them nada-nothing; hell you even poisoned them and put concrete over them, and those weeds would still break the concrete, ”
Victor Villaseñor, Burro Genius: A Memoir
“No, you are not to complain or question who you are, but instead, grow, reaching for the light that's inside you.”
Victor Villaseñor
“Because Spanish is a feeling-based language that comes first from the heart, just as English is a thinking-based language that comes first from the head.”
Victor Villaseñor, Burro Genius: A Memoir
“And in that moment of sun and joy, Lupe knew why she loved and also hated Salvador. He gave her wings. He didn't try to lock her in, as had Jaime and the other boys she'd known. No, she could dream her wildest dreams with him and so she loved him for this; but she also hated him because it made her fearful. No one in her family was like this. They were always very cautious.”
Victor Villaseñor, Rain of Gold
“I know realized that this was how you enslaved a people. You didn't just bring them over in chains from Africa. No, you convinced them that they were inferior, not evolved, subhuman, and then you took off their shackles, so they could go to work, you'd still have them enslaved and shackled inside of their minds for hundreds of years. And this system of teaching was fine with most Anglo teachers, because int he act of convincing us, los Mexicanos and the Blacks, we were subhuman, they'd also convinced themselves that they were superior!”
Victor Villaseñor, Burro Genius: A Memoir
“You are the machos, the life, the future of our families. You are all that's left, so you must protect our mothers and grow and do good and have families of your own. I love you. I do. I do.”
Victor Villaseñor, Rain of Gold
“Could it be we stifle our children's genius by languaging them too quickly away from their hearts and into the straight and narrow confines of linear thinking?”
Victor Villaseñor, Burro Genius: A Memoir
“Mi hijito, I've told you a thousand times, if you speak badly of people, God will punish you and make you just like them.”
Victor Villaseñor, Rain of Gold
“Oh, if only I could hurt with such misery once again, to feel the powers of love here inside my heart, the joys of heaven and the pains of hell!”
Victor Villaseñor, Rain of Gold
“And so, there in the penitentiary, Juan's education began. He didn't want to be a puto weakling, so he worked hard at learning to read. His earthly body was locked up, but his mind was set free as a young eagle soaring through the heavens.”
Victor Villaseñor, Rain of Gold
“Jaguars, afterall, were fairly common, and so people were more respectful than afraid of them, just as they were of any other natural force.”
Victor Villaseñor, Rain Of Gold Part 1 Of 2
“And also--to add to my problems--my parents and relatives kept telling me how they'd grown up feeling so close to the Almighty that they'd spoken to Him on a daily basis as one would speak to a friend and how, now and then, God had actually spoken back to them in the form of miracles.”
Victor Villaseñor, Rain Of Gold Part 1 Of 2
“Talking to God was damned good business.”
Victor Villaseñor


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