At home growing up we weren’t really poor. We had everything we needed we just didn’t have what we wanted.
Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work – that goes on it adds up.
I used to think religion was just more of the same thing. Dump responsibility on the big guy. Now I see an importance in that. It’s a relief to accept that not everything is under your control.
I’ve always seen the world through the eyes of a scientist. I love the predictable outcomes that science gives us the control over the world that that can render.
Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.
I can count all the ways in which being a mother has enriched my understanding of the world of character my sense of the future and my attachment to it. I can’t imagine what kind of writer I’d be if I didn’t have my kids.
There’s always a part of your nation’s history that you haven’t been told that… has a powerful impact on how you yourself may behave and may believe.
People’s dreams are made out of what they do all day. The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits. It’s what you do that makes your soul not the other way around.
I think the most interesting parts of human experience might be the sparks that come from that sort of chipping flint of cultures rubbing against each other. And living on the border between Mexico and the U.S. for so many years gave me a lot of insight into that.