"One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people."
"It is lovely to meet an old person whose face is deeply lined, a face that has been deeply inhabited, to look in the eyes and find light there."
"We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language."
"Yes We Can!"
"We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it."
"I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world."
"Even though you can’t expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That’s morality, that’s religion. That’s art. That’s life."
"God isn't dead — he's just missing in action."
"It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win."
"If your neighbor looks at you like they don't enjoy the key you're singing in, look right back, bless them, and keep on singing."
"The blues is celebration, because when you take sorrow and turn it into music, you transform it."
"Dying only means moving into a nicer house. We have only gone into the next room. We still are what we have always been--we aren’t far away. We are only on the other side of the pathway."