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Born: 1946-06-22
Profession: Psychologist
Nation: American
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Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better.

Tags: Knowledge, Marvelous, Wisdom

Mood disorders are terribly painful illnesses, and they are isolating illnesses. And they make people feel terrible about themselves when, in fact, they can be treated.

Tags: Fact, Mood, Themselves

One of things so bad about depression and bipolar disorder is that if you don't have prior awareness, you don't have any idea what hit you.

Tags: Bad, Depression, Idea

I have had manic-depressive illness, also known as bipolar disorder, since I was 18 years old. It is an illness that ensures that those who have it will experience a frightening, chaotic and emotional ride. It is not a gentle or easy disease.

Tags: Emotional, Experience, Old

Grief comes and goes, but depression is unremitting.

Tags: Depression, Goes, Grief

I love animals, and I was always attracted to the idea of being a zoo veterinarian or a veterinarian with the circus.

Tags: Circus, Idea, Love

Moods are complicated and very much a part of who we are. People would be very boring without them.

Tags: Boring, Moods

Never once, during any of my bouts of depression, had I been inclined or able to pick up a telephone and ask a friend for help. It wasn't in me.

Tags: Depression, Friend, Help

Nothing good comes out of depression.

Tags: Depression, Good

There are a lot of studies that suggest a higher rate of creativity in bipolars than the general population.

Tags: Creativity, General, Studies

I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do.

Tags: Experience, Great, Passion

Armchair poverty tourism has been around as long as authors have written about class. As an author, I have struggled myself with the nuances of writing about poverty without reducing any community to a catalog of its difficulties.

Tags: Community, Poverty, Writing

Redeeming subjects from cliche is its own pleasure and privilege.

Tags: Cliche, Pleasure, Privilege

After finishing a draft, no matter how rough, I almost always put it aside for a while. It doesn't matter if it's a story or a novel, I find that when it's still fresh in my mind I'm either thoroughly sick of its flaws or completely blind to them. Either way, I'm unable to make substantive edits of any value.

Tags: After, Mind, Sick

I've been lucky enough to work with extraordinary teachers along the way, and I'm excited to share what I've learned with graduate students at SNHU. I'm just as excited for what I'll learn from them.

Tags: Enough, Learned, Work

It's one of the most liberating things I experience in writing - letting yourself get rid of a gesture or character or plot point that always nagged, even if you couldn't admit to yourself that it did.

Tags: Character, Experience, Yourself

The 'here' of Watts is pastel houses with window gratings in curly patterns. 'Here' is yard sales with bins full of stuffed animals and used water guns. Here is Crips turf.

Tags: Here, Used, Water

The global phenomenon of poverty tourism - or 'poorism' - has become increasingly popular during the past few years. Tourists pay to be guided through the favelas of Brazil and the shantytowns of South Africa. The recently opened Los Angeles Gang Tour carries visitors through battle-scarred territories of urban violence and deprivation.

Tags: Become, Past, Poverty

The publishing industry, unsurprisingly, is full of different people who love different things and express that love in different languages. Find the people, the editors and agents, with whom you share some language, and some sense of what makes literature worth reading.

Tags: Love, Makes, Sense

Though there might not be any easy answers to the problem of poverty, its most compelling scribes do not resign themselves to representation solely for the sake of those age-old verities of truth and beauty.

Tags: Beauty, Problem, Truth

Whenever I've been stuck on a project, it's always brought me solace to the return to books that moved me in the past. It's a nice way to get outside my own head; and it brings me back to one of the most important reasons I write at all: to bring some pleasure to readers, to make them think or feel.

Tags: Nice, Past, Write

You pass the old L.A. County jail, which is surprisingly beautiful. It's got a handsome stone facade and stately columns. The new L.A. County jail - called The Twin Towers - isn't beautiful at all; it's a stucco panopticon the color of sick flesh.

Tags: Beautiful, Old, Sick

Any one who wants to live in peace and freedom will be to live by toil, demonstration of high levels of discipline and tolerance for one another.

Tags: Another, Freedom, Peace

May we be saved from evil thoughts and deed of enemies of world peace who find pleasure in creating havoc and perpetrating all forms of carnage.

Tags: Evil, May, Peace

Despite all odds we have emerged as one people and one country.

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My fate is in the hands of almighty Allah. I will deliver to the Gambian people and if I have to rule this country for one billion years, I will, if Allah says so.

Tags: Allah, Country, Fate
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Forgiveness means letting go of the past.

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When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.

Tags: Life, Peace, Teacher

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.

Tags: Means, Past, Peace

I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.

Tags: Judge, Mind, Peace

Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.

Tags: Change, Mind, Peace

A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.

Tags: Creative, Him, Truly

Love is the total absence of fear. Love asks no questions. Its natural state is one of extension and expansion, not comparison and measurement.

Tags: Fear, Love, State

You can be right or you can be happy.

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Through our willingness to help others we can learn to be happy rather than depressed.

Tags: Happy, Help, Others

Other people do not have to change for us to experience peace of mind.

Tags: Change, Experience, Peace

The best way to navigate through life is to give up all of our controls.

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