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Edwidge Danticat Quotes and Sayings
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People think that there is a country there that these
people are only around when they are on CNN.
I don't think that's limited to Haiti.
- Edwidge Danticat

That's whatever news topic, whatever political process
any country is going through -
whenever they are in the news,
that's when they exist.
If you don't see them they don't exist.
- Edwidge Danticat

To start with, for example this year,
2004, is the bicentennial of Haitian independence.
- Edwidge Danticat

In fact that is the struggle that most Americans -
As rich as this country is,
most Americans are very limited in their interaction with the world,
unless the world comes to us in a very shocking way.
- Edwidge Danticat

 

On some levels, you can also have this feeling that we are being duped,
somehow.
And that the world is at play for something you would
understand more if it were pure ideology.
It is a very strange time and also basic things are being taken away.
- Edwidge Danticat

I think Haiti is a place that suffers so much from
neglect that people only want to hear about it when It's at its extreme.
And that's what they end up knowing about it.
- Edwidge Danticat

More and more people are able to access information -
thank goodness we have the Internet and if you are
interested you can find things.
Which is different than even 20 years ago.
- Edwidge Danticat

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And the fact that Haiti was occupied for 19 years by the United States,
from 1915 to 1934.
- Edwidge Danticat

In Haiti you had the Duvaliers for 29 years and they
were very well supported by the United States.
- Edwidge Danticat

People who want alternative information have to try so hard to find it.
- Edwidge Danticat

Napoleon had been fighting this army of slaves and
free people in Haiti and it depleted his forces.
And after the Revolution, when the French were driven out,
they stopped and sold this big chunk of North America
to the Americans for very little money.
- Edwidge Danticat

Someone has said that nations have interests,
they don't have friends, and you see that over and over in U.S.
policy.
- Edwidge Danticat

There is a frustration too, that at moments when there's not a coup,
when there are not people in the streets,
that the country disappears from people's consciousness.
- Edwidge Danticat

People aren't really aware of what's happening in other places.
- Edwidge Danticat

Also, people are not often aware of the way the United
States' policies influence what happens in places like
Haiti or El Salvador or Nicaragua.
Or in Columbia right now.
- Edwidge Danticat

Creating these messes that go from administration to
administration and then you swoop in and clean them up -
with that heroic Delta force -
people not realizing that they were always there but
doing different things than what we see them doing at the moment.
- Edwidge Danticat

You have all these people in the city and everything has become centralized.
If you live outside the city and you need a birth certificate
or some official paper from the government,
you have to travel to the city.
- Edwidge Danticat

I wanted to raise the voice of a lot of the people that I knew growing up,
and this was, for the most part, poor people who had
extraordinary dreams but also very amazing obstacles.
- Edwidge Danticat

I think daily that the country's future is being thrown to the wind.
- Edwidge Danticat

On some level, now, we are joining the larger world
and realizing that we are connected with people in these very scary ways,
sometimes.
What happened recently in Spain affects us here and brings questions up.
It is too bad that people have to be shaken up in that way.
- Edwidge Danticat

In terms of the idea of long-term occupation -
I have been reading a little bit more about this period -
and you can see in that occupation are many lessons
for the current occupation of Iraq.
So we have these connections that go way back that people aren't aware of.
- Edwidge Danticat

Or even the state of Florida, where they are prepared to execute children.
Umm, well, you hope that at least that there is something there to be claimed.
- Edwidge Danticat

Especially moments when things are very difficult and
complicated for me and I am still trying to grasp what
is happening and I am still trying to understand and
to reach family back home.
- Edwidge Danticat

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White PHOTO

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie PHOTO

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung PHOTO

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe PHOTO

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

Life is a process of becoming,
a combination of states we have to go through.
Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state
and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- Anais Nin

Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Life - for most people - is their past projected large
onto the movie screen of their future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

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

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

Inspire people to do things for themselves.
Inspire people to think for themselves.
- Bono

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good manners sometimes means simply
putting up with other people's bad manners.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Nothing other people do is because of you.
It is because of themselves
- don Miguel Ruiz

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life
as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
- Joseph Campbell

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.
Just because they're not on your road
doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine.
But you have to forgive yourself.
Let go of what's bitter and move on.
- Bill Cosby

I'm actually starting to like more and more people
who have convictions that are unpopular.
-Bono

Most truths are so naked
that people feel sorry for them
and cover them up,
at least a little bit.
- Edward R. Murrow

People will do anything, no matter how absurd,
to avoid facing their own souls.
- Carl Jung

People are afraid, very much afraid of those who know themselves.
They have a certain power, a certain aura and a certain magnetism.
- Osho

People don't care how much you know
until they know how much they care.
- John C. Maxwell

Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We are injured and hurt emotionally,
not so much by other people
or what they say and don't say,
but by our own attitude and our own response.
- Maxwell Maltz

Fear makes strangers of people
who would otherwise be friends.
- Shirley MacLaine

People love chopping wood.
In this activity one immediately sees results.
- Albert Einstein

If you look for the bad in people
expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

Worthless people live only to eat and drink;
people of worth eat and drink only to live.
- Socrates

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

The way to happiness is what I call Zero-Based Gratitude.
Each day be happy and grateful for what you have,
independent of yesterday and of other people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People rarely succeed unless they
have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles


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