"1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America...Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them."
"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitter steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."