Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.
Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.
Dad was a philosopher and had what he called his Theory of Purpose, which held that everything in life had a purpose, and unless it achieved that purpose, it was just taking up space on the planet and wasting everybody's time.
If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.
God deals us all different hands. How we play 'em is up to us.
Submitting seemed to me a lot like giving up. If God gave us the strength to bail- the gumption to try and save ourselves- isn't that what he wanted us to do?
Everything in life had a purpose, and unless it achieved that purpose, it was just taking up space on the planet and wasting everybody's time.
Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.
You didn't need a college degree to become one of the people who knew what was really going on. If you paid attention, you could pick things up on your own.
...even though I was getting better education at home than any of the kids in Toyah, I'd need to go to finishing school when I was thirteen, both to acquire social graces and to earn a diploma. Because in this world, Dad said, it's not enough to have a fine education. You need a piece of paper to prove you go it.
In this world, it's not enough to have a fine education. You need a piece of paper to prove you got it.
What's wrong with social climbing? What's wrong with trying to improve your lot in life? And if you do, what happens if your family doesn't? Is that betraying your roots? Are you being dishonest? I had a really good job, and it paid really well. Am I supposed to quit it out of loyalty to my parents?
I had the big shoulders; I had the big hair. I loved the '80s. It was all about power women.
I loved 'Casablanca.' You know, right vs. wrong. I think I like a movie where there is a victory, right over wrong, but there's always some price to be paid.
I never had any question that my parents loved me. I had a real sense of self confidence.
During recess at school, I'd slip back into the classroom and find something in some other kid's lunch bag that wouldn't be missed - a package of crackers, an apple - and I'd gulp it down so quickly I would barely be able to taste it.
I listen to music mostly in the evening. I've come to love what is called world music, like the Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi and the Colombian singer Marta Gomez. I also love the Irish folk singer Mary Black. Other favorites include Chet Baker, Eva Cassidy, and Billie Holiday.
My older sister achieved her dream of being an artist. She's an illustrator living in Manhattan.
I didn't have indoor plumbing. I'd go to school dirty. I didn't have lunches.
I'm a big believer in luck - the harder you work, the luckier you become.