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Born: 1948-08-12
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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I think there must be a place inside of us where dreams go and wait their turn.

Tags: Dreams, Place, Wait

People who think dying is the worst thing don't know a thing about life.

Tags: Dying, Life, Worst

I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It's a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It's not something that happens overnight. It's an evolution of the heart.

Tags: Heart, Time, Truth

A lot of time you write out of some unconscious place. I try to trust what is coming and where it wants to take me.

Tags: Time, Trust, Try

I eventually found that the soul is more than an immortal commodity to win and save. It is the repository of the inner divine, the truest part of us.

Tags: Found, Soul, Win

I've always been a journal-keeper. I've always tried to write about how I'm experiencing life, and my feelings and thoughts.

Tags: Feelings, Life, Thoughts

It's always been my hope that I would write a story that would inspire and would connect with people in a way that would touch hearts.

Tags: Hope, Story, Write

Novels attempt to render human experience; that's really all they are. They are meant to convey empathy for the character.

Tags: Character, Experience, Human

The True Self is not our creation, but God's. It is the self we are in our depths. It is our capacity for divinity and transcendence.

Tags: God, Self, True

When compassion wakes up in us, we find ourselves more willing to become vulnerable, to take the risk of entering the pain of others.

Tags: Become, Others, Pain

As an adolescent, I went to charm school, where I learned to pour tea and relate to boys, which, as I recall, meant giving them the pickle jar to unscrew, whether it was too hard for me or not.

Tags: Giving, Hard, School

Gradually it occurred to me that we spend a great deal of life asleep and that dreams are little narratives, little stories. I thought, 'Who's choreographing this stuff?'

Tags: Dreams, Great, Life

I came to believe that my true identity goes beyond the outer roles I play. It transcends the ego. I came to understand that there is an Authentic 'I' within - an 'I Am,' or divine spark within the soul.

Tags: Ego, True, Understand

I never know how to give advice to a writer because there's so much you could say, and it's hard to translate your own experience. But of course, I always try. The main thing that I usually end up saying is to read a lot. To read a great deal and to learn from that.

Tags: End, Experience, Great

I think many people need, even require, a narrative version of their life. I seem to be one of them. Writing memoir is, in some ways, a work of wholeness.

Tags: Life, Work, Writing

I vividly remember the summer of 1964 with its voter registration drives, boiling racial tensions, and the erupting awareness of the cruelty of racism. I was never the same after that summer.

Tags: After, Racism, Remember

Stories are amazing and powerful because they can resonate with people depending on their needs and experiences and speak truths we need to hear in that moment in time.

Tags: Amazing, Powerful, Time

There's a gap somehow between empathy and activism. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of 'soul force' - something that emanates from a deep truth inside of us and empowers us to act. Once you identify your inner genius, you will be able to take action, whether it's writing a check or digging a well.

Tags: Deep, Truth, Writing

I desire to put off my trial as long as I can till I can get my evidence ready.

Tags: Desire, Off, Put

I had no money nor friends to prepare for the trial till last night.

Tags: Friends, Money, Night

I have been sworn against by perjured and wicked people.

Tags: Against, Sworn, Wicked

I would rather my soul broil in hell than I do you any harm.

Tags: Hell, Rather, Soul

If you will take her, you may take her, but if you go from aboard, you shall never come aboard again.

Tags: Again, Her, May

My lord, I have some matter of law relating to the indictment, and I desire counsel to speak to it.

Tags: Law, Matter, Speak

I do not care so much for the death of my gunner, as for other passages of my voyage, for I have good friends in England that will bring me off for that.

Tags: Care, Death, Good

My lord, I will tell you what the case was. I was coming up within a league of the Dutchman, and some of my men were making a mutiny about taking her, and my gunner told the people he could put the captain in a way to take the ship, and be safe.

Tags: Men, Put, Tell
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This ship was a league from us, and some of the men would have taken her, and I would not consent to it, and this Moore said I always hindered them making their fortunes. Was that not the reason I struck him? Was there a mutiny on board?

Tags: Him, Men, Said
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