The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.

— Julia Alvarez

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It's like my whole world is coming undone, but when I write, my pencil is a needle and thread, and I'm stitching the scraps back together.

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I write to find out what I am thinking.

I write to find out who I am. I write to understand things.

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Everyone needs a strong sense of self.

It is our base of operations for everything that we do in life.

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As a young writer, I was on guard against the Latina in me, the Spanish in me because as far as I could see the models that were presented to me did not include my world. In fact, 'I was told by one teacher in college that one could only write poetry in the language in which one first said Mother. That left me out of American literature, for sure.

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But the sensibility of the writer, whether fiction or poetry, comes from paying attention. I tell my students that writing doesn't begin when you sit down to write. It's a way of being in the world, and the essence of it is paying attention.

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I grew up in a dictatorship, where you couldn't talk about difficult situations - there was this culture of silence. We would run into a problem and have no one to talk to.

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Schools provide safe spaces to talk about controversial issues, and literature presents characters portraying human experience in all its richness and contradictoriness.

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How we lie to ourselves when we've fallen in love with the wrong man.

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The elasticity of imagination and compassion is what writing and reading promote.

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Reading is a way to take in the difficult situations and understand them.

The whole point of reading a book in class is to have discussion about what these situations are like.

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It's always gratifying to hear from a passionate reader, and as a longtime educator, I'm especially pleased and heartened when that reader is a young student who is inspired to write me and let me know that my book has helped him or her find her way.

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When we read, even if the characters are tragic or sad or disturbing, these are our brothers and sisters in the human family.

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About Julia Alvarez

Quotes 28 sayings
Profession Poet
Birthday March 27, 1950

Terrence, the Roman slave who freed himself with his writings, once observed, "I am a human being. Nothing human is alien to me." That could be the motto of literature!

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Reading and thoughtfulness and openness are the best way, I should think, to begin to address the richness that is in each of us.

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It doesn't make any sense. If the SIM are policemen, secret or not, shouldn't we trust them instead of being afraid of them?

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Marjorie Agosin proves the power of the word to transport us to the center of her humane and human vision.

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A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart.

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Don't plan it all. Let life surprise you a little.

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Every writer can tell you that a book is only truly alive when it finds passionate readers who bring it alive in their imaginations.

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A book does not discriminate against any reader. All are welcome at the table of literature.

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I think it is important to know how to teach new material to help young people grow and learn.

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Each of us will have to make the choices that allow us to be the largest versions of ourselves.

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I admit that for me love goes deeper than the struggle, or maybe what I mean is, love is the deeper struggle.

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Independence didn't have to be exile.

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Depression is always in the details.

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Literature is about being a complex, contradictory human being.

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There is no end to what can be said about the world

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