The mind is the effect, not the cause.
The poem ‘What Teachers Make’ is not without its detractors. This one person wrote to me and said: ‘Gee, Mr. Mali. You don’t possibly have a teacher-God complex, do you?’ And that was the first time I’d ever heard of that expression. So, yeah, I’m sure I have a teacher-God complex.
The worst… was what the Pakistani soldiers did to the Bengali women after their failed rebellion.
The act of willing this or that, of choosing among various courses of conduct, is central in the realm of ethics.
Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word, if there is such a thing.
When the Chinese first came to San Francisco, they were actually welcomed by the mayor and they had special ceremonies for them-again this is when their colony was very small, only a few Chinese.
It’s much more difficult to work on a broad subject than on a specific one, because even if it’s hard to find the information, if you look hard enough for something specific you will find it, and you will discover things that you wouldn’t have thought of before.
Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself. And you have no duty towards anyone else.
No graduation speaker will ever tell you that the future is anything but uncertain. It never is. But graduations need not only be obsessed with looking ahead; a graduation can be a day on which we turn back and trace our steps to see how we ended up where we are.
If the conditions were right there could be great acceptance. Often it is only when they pose an economic or political threat that it turns really ugly.