Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.
Poetry has to be something more than a conception of the mind. It has to be a revelation of nature. Conceptions are artificial. Perceptions are essential.
The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Just because the solutions of problems are not visible at any particular time does not mean that those problems will never be alleviated — or confined to tolerable dimensions. History has a way of changing the very terms in which problems operate and of leaving them, in the end, unsolved, to be sure, yet strangely deflated of their original meaning and importance.
The strongest possible piece of advice I would give any young woman is Don’t screw around, and don’t smoke.
Commit yourself to life long learning. The most valuable asset you will ever have is your mind and what you put into it.