1. Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.

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  2. People who work hard often work too hard. ... May we learn to honor the hammock, the siesta, the nap and the pause in all its forms.

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  3. The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.

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  4. I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.

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  5. At one point I learned transcendental meditation. This was 30-something years ago. It took me back to the way that I naturally was as a child growing up way in the country, rarely seeing people. I was in that state of oneness with creation and it was as if I didn't exist except as a part of everything.

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  6. It's almost unbelievable where we are as a planet because people have been so afraid of rocking the boat, of putting forth what they really believe, and standing with people who need to be stood with.

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  7. What I've seen from keeping in touch as well as I can is that what I find so typical in Mexican culture is the helpfulness of the people to each other. I think, at this point, that is the highest good and the highest we can hope for - which is to be of help and use to each other wherever we are.

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  8. I don't know. I imagine good teaching as a circle of earnest people sitting down to ask each other meaningful questions. I don't see it as a handing down of answers.

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  9. People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.

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  10. I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.

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The complete list of 509 Alice Walker sayings