I grew up in Texas, eating meat five times a day, and I liked meat. But I began being a vegetarian when I was 19 because I found that I felt better.
A mother, after all, is your entry into the world. She is the shell in which you divide and become a life. Waking up in a world without her is like waking up in a world without sky: unimaginable.
One thing I noticed working in the Bronx is that leaders come in the craziest places. They don’t always show up at community board meetings. Sometimes it’s just the guys on the corner that the boys on the block respect.
It is not the cause for which men took up arms that makes a victory more just or less, it is the order that is established when arms have been laid down.
Don’t show off every day, or you’ll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent.
If the king refuses the constitution, I shall oppose him; if he accepts it, I shall defend him; and the day on which he gave himself up as my prisoner secured me more fully to his service than if he had promised me half his kingdom.
We never need feel we are alone or unloved in the Lord’s service because we never are. The Savior has promised angels on our left and on our right to bear us up, and he always keeps his word.
But maybe it’s up in the hills under the leaves or in a ditch somewhere. Maybe it’s never found. But what you find, whatever you find, is always only part of the missing, and writing is the way the poet finds out what it is he found.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
I always beat the sun up in the morning. It’s the secret to why I’m double trouble.