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  • #1
    George Orwell
    “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
    George Orwell

  • #2
    Desmond Tutu
    “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #3
    Desmond Tutu
    “Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering--remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you dont want to repeat what happened.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #4
    Desmond Tutu
    “Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #5
    Desmond Tutu
    “My father always used to say, "Don't raise your voice. Improve your argument." Good sense does not always lie with the loudest shouters, nor can we say that a large, unruly crowd is always the best arbiter of what is right.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #6
    “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.”
    Barbara Bloom

  • #7
    Masanobu Fukuoka
    “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
    Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

  • #8
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Here is a lesson in creative writing.

    First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.

    And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I'm kidding.

    For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I'm kidding.

    We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding.

    If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #10
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “A woman who writes has power, and a woman with power is feared.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #11
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “I sit here before my computer, Amiguita, my altar on top of the monitor with the Virgen de Coatlalopeuh candle and copal incense burning. My companion, a wooden serpent staff with feathers, is to my right while I ponder the ways metaphor and symbol concretize the spirit and etherealize the body. The Writing is my whole life, it is my obsession. This vampire which is my talent does not suffer other suitors. Daily I court it, offer my neck to its teeth. This is the sacrifice that the act of creation requires, a blood sacrifice. For only through the body, through the pulling of flesh, can the human soul be transformed. And for images, words, stories to have this transformative power, they must arise from the human body--flesh and bone--and from the Earth's body--stone, sky, liquid, soil. This work, these images, piercing tongue or ear lobes with cactus needle, are my offerings, are my Aztecan blood sacrifices.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

  • #12
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras be a crossroads.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #13
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incomparable frames of reference causes un choque, a cultural collision.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

  • #14
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “We are taught that the body is an ignorant animal intelligence dwells only in the head. But the body is smart. It does not discern between external stimuli and stimuli from the imagination. It reacts equally viscerally to events from the imagination as it does to real events.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #15
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “I am an act of kneading, of uniting and joining that not only has produced both a creature of darkness and a creature of light, but also a creature that questions the definitions of light and dark and gives them new meanings.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Interviews/Entrevistas

  • #16
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “The struggle is inner: Chicano, indio, American Indian, mojado, mexicano, immigrant Latino, Anglo in power, working class Anglo, Black, Asian--our psyches resemble the bordertowns and are populated by the same people. The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the "real" world unless it first happens in the images in our heads. (G. Anzaldua Tejana Chicana poet, 1942- )”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #17
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “I can't seem to stay out of my own way.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #18
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “All reaction is limited by, and dependant on, what it is reacting against.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #19
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “By creating a new mythos - that is, a change in the way we perceive reality, the way we see ourselves, and the ways we behave - la mestiza creates a new consciousness. The work of mestiza consciousness is to break down the subject/object duality that keeps her prisoner and to show in the flesh and through the images in her work how duality is transcended. The answer to the problem between the white race and the colored, between males and females, lies in healing the split that originates in the very foundation of our lives, our culture, our languages, our thoughts. A massive uprooting of dualistic thinking in the individual and collective consciousness is the beginning of a long struggle, but one that could, in our best hopes, bring us to the end of rape, of violence, of war.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #20
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “In trying to become 'objective,' Western culture made 'objects' of things and people when it distanced itself from them, thereby losing 'touch' with them.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #21
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “Do work that matters. Vale la pena”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #22
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “Until I am free to write bilingually and to switch codes without having always to translate, while I still have to speak English or Spanish when I would rather speak Spanglish, and as long as I have to accommodate the English speakers rather than having them accommodate me, my tongue will be illegitimate. I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent's tongue - my woman's voice, my sexual voice, my poet's voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #23
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “Nobody’s going to save you. No one’s going to cut you down, cut the thorns thick around you. No one’s going to storm the castle walls nor kiss awake your birth, climb down your hair, nor mount you onto the white steed. There is no one who will feed the yearning. Face it. You will have to do, do it yourself.”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #24
    Virginia Woolf
    “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
    Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • #25
    Anthony Burgess
    “Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers?”
    Anthony Burgess

  • #26
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #27
    Elbert Hubbard
    “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
    Elbert Hubbard, Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Vol. 3: American Statesmen

  • #28
    Joss Whedon
    “You know what? I was wrong. You are an idiot. My life happens to, on occasion, suck beyond the telling of it. Sometimes more than I can handle. And it's not just mine. Every single person down there is ignoring your pain because they're too busy with their own. The beautiful ones. The popular ones. The guys that pick on you. Everyone. If you could hear what they were feeling. The loneliness. The confusion. It looks quiet down there. It's not. It's deafening.”
    Joss Whedon

  • #29
    Arthur Miller
    “The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.”
    Arthur Miller

  • #30
    James Carroll
    “Memory is a political act. Forgetfulness is the handmaiden of tyranny.”
    James Carroll
    tags: memory

  • #31
    John Donne
    “Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
    John Donne, Meditation XVII - Meditation 17



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