"The idea that intelligence is linked to English pronunciation is a legacy from colonial thinking."
"The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just."
– Martin Luther King Jr., “Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam,” 1967 (via scu
"But I also knew that one day, I would grow up. One day, I would be twenty, or thirty, or forty, even fifty and sixty and seventy and eighty and maybe even one hundred years old. And all those years were mine, they belonged to nobody but me. So even if I was unhappy now, it could all change tomorrow. Maybe I didn’t even need to jump off the cliff to experience that kind of freedom. Maybe the fact that I knew such a freedom existed in the world meant that I could someday find it."
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
"Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance."