“Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.” ― Michelle Obama, Becoming

“From time to time I try to imagine this world of which he spoke–a culture in whose mythology words might be that precious, in which words were conceived as vessels for communications from the heart; a society in which words are holy, and the challenge of life is based upon the quest for gentle words, holy words, gentle truths, holy truths. I try to imagine for myself a world in which the words one gives one’s children are the shell into which they shall grow, so one chooses one’s words carefully, like precious gifts, like magnificent gifts, like magnificent inheritances, for they convey an excess of what we have imagined, they bear gifts beyond imagination, they reveal and revisit the wealth of history. How carefully, how slowly, and how lovingly we might step into our expectations of each other in such a world.” ― Patricia J. Williams, The Rooster’s Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice

“The human mind is a symposium of conscience and nonsense. When conscience is nourished and strengthened by the self, it keeps all nonsense in check, both primitive and modern. And this is only possible, when the self becomes the pure, indivisible embodiment of conscience – when the self and conscience become inseparable. And once you the self and the conscience in you fuse together and become one, any dream can be made a reality by you.” ― Abhijit Naskar, Conscience over Nonsense