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Sage words from the ages

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Cesar Chavez: "Farm workers are not beasts of burden to be used and discarded."

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about 14 hours ago

Cesar Chavez described his life's work in his "What the Future Holds" speech from 1984:

"All my life, I have been driven by one dream, one goal, one vision: to overthrow a farm labor system in this nation that treats farm workers as if they were not important human beings. Farm workers are not agricultural implements; they are not beasts of burden to be used and discarded."

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Roberto Clemente: "You are wasting your time on Earth" when you refuse to make a difference.

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3 days ago

With Oscar Taveras on our minds, we remember another ballplayer who was taken much too young young. More than just a Hall of Fame outfielder, Roberto Clemente was a man committed to giving back. He died tragically at the age of 38 when a plane he chartered to deliver aid to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua crashed in the Caribbean Sea.

"Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth."

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Sherman Alexie's Thoughts on the Underappreciated Genre of Young Adult Fiction

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4 days ago

Sherman Alexie, author of the award-winning novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, on Young Adult fiction:

"A lot of people have no idea that right now Y.A. is the Garden of Eden of literature... One person asked me, ‘Wouldn’t you have rather won the National Book Award for an adult, serious work?’ I thought I’d been condescended to as an Indian — that was nothing compared to the condescension for writing Y.A."

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Mary McLeod Bethune: "Protest everything that smacks of discrimination"

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8 days ago

Civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune on never giving in to discrimination: 

"If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything... that smacks of discrimination or slander."

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Jorge Luis Borges on Life Experience and Art

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11 days ago

"A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art."

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David Lynch on Big Ideas

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12 days ago

"Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper. Down deep the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful."