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Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I am obsessed with becoming a woman comfortable in her skin."

I am obsessed with becoming a woman comfortable in her skin.




Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "My weapon has always been language, and I've always used it, but it has changed. Instead of shaping the words like knives now, I think they're flowers, or bridges."

My weapon has always been language, and I've always used it, but it has changed. Instead of shaping the words like knives now, I think they're flowers, or bridges.




Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "You can't erase what you know. You can't forget who you are."

You can't erase what you know. You can't forget who you are.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "The beauty of literature is you allow readers to see things through other peoples eyes. All good books do this."

The beauty of literature is you allow readers to see things through other peoples eyes. All good books do this.




Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "'Hispanic' is English for a person of Latino origin who wants to be accepted by the white status quo. 'Latino' is the word we have always used for ourselves."

'Hispanic' is English for a person of Latino origin who wants to be accepted by the white status quo. 'Latino' is the word we have always used for ourselves.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "If you know two cultures and two languages, that intermediate place, where the two don't perfectly meet, is really interesting."

If you know two cultures and two languages, that intermediate place, where the two don't perfectly meet, is really interesting.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "People know when you're speaking from el corazón. You have that pain. Take that pain and do something with it. That's very powerful."

People know when you're speaking from el corazón. You have that pain. Take that pain and do something with it. That's very powerful.




Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "The world we live in is a house on fire and the people we love are burning."

The world we live in is a house on fire and the people we love are burning.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "You don't want somebody who doesn't know his own heart, do you? You'll find someone who's brave enough to love you. Someday. One day. Not today."

You don't want somebody who doesn't know his own heart, do you? You'll find someone who's brave enough to love you. Someday. One day. Not today.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "You can never have too much sky."

You can never have too much sky.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I have to say that the traditional role is kind of a myth. I think the traditional Mexican woman is a fierce woman."

I have to say that the traditional role is kind of a myth. I think the traditional Mexican woman is a fierce woman.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I believe love is always eternal. Even if eternity is only five minutes."

I believe love is always eternal. Even if eternity is only five minutes.




Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I am a woman, and I am a Latina. Those are the things that make my writing distinctive. Those are the things that give my writing power."

I am a woman, and I am a Latina. Those are the things that make my writing distinctive. Those are the things that give my writing power.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I usually say Latina, Mexican-American or American Mexican, and in certain contexts, Chicana, depending on whether my audience understands the term or not."

I usually say Latina, Mexican-American or American Mexican, and in certain contexts, Chicana, depending on whether my audience understands the term or not.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "You were given that pain and that vision because you have something to do with it."

You were given that pain and that vision because you have something to do with it.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I try to be as honest about what I see and to speak rather than be silent, especially if it means I can save lives, or serve humanity."

I try to be as honest about what I see and to speak rather than be silent, especially if it means I can save lives, or serve humanity.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "The most powerful speaking you can do is the speaking that comes from your heart and your love."

The most powerful speaking you can do is the speaking that comes from your heart and your love.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "The border between the dead and the living, if you're Mexican, doesn't exist. The dead are part of your life."

The border between the dead and the living, if you're Mexican, doesn't exist. The dead are part of your life.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "Heartbreak makes us stronger; it's an opportunity for spiritual growth. How can you understand someone else's pain if you have not yourself suffered?"

Heartbreak makes us stronger; it's an opportunity for spiritual growth. How can you understand someone else's pain if you have not yourself suffered?



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "Books are medicine and you have to take the right medicine that you need at that moment or that day or that time in your life."

Books are medicine and you have to take the right medicine that you need at that moment or that day or that time in your life.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog."

I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "Some people need flowers, some people need dandelions. It's medicine, it's what you need at that time in your life."

Some people need flowers, some people need dandelions. It's medicine, it's what you need at that time in your life.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "The truth has a strange way of following you, of coming up to you and making you listen to what it has to say."

The truth has a strange way of following you, of coming up to you and making you listen to what it has to say.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace. I think liberation must come from within."

Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace. I think liberation must come from within.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "What you're going to be asked to do is bigger than what you think you can do. It's always bigger than what you think you can handle, but you're never going to be given something you can't handle."

What you're going to be asked to do is bigger than what you think you can do. It's always bigger than what you think you can handle, but you're never going to be given something you can't handle.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "Perhaps the greatest challenge has been trying to keep my time to myself and my private life private in order to do my job. Everything that is most mine belongs to everyone now."

Perhaps the greatest challenge has been trying to keep my time to myself and my private life private in order to do my job. Everything that is most mine belongs to everyone now.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "Write about what makes you different."

Write about what makes you different.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "The thoughts of letting go of everything I love overwhelms like a tsunami of sorrow."

The thoughts of letting go of everything I love overwhelms like a tsunami of sorrow.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "There are many Latino writers as talented as I am, but because we are published through small presses, our books don't count. We are still the illegal aliens of the literary world."

There are many Latino writers as talented as I am, but because we are published through small presses, our books don't count. We are still the illegal aliens of the literary world.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "Every book changes my writing because I'm always trying to do something I didn't do before. I try to do what's hard for me, what I haven't done in the past."

Every book changes my writing because I'm always trying to do something I didn't do before. I try to do what's hard for me, what I haven't done in the past.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "One of the things Thich Nhat Hanh taught me: he says, "When you're in a hurry, go slower." That works every time, unless you're trying to catch a plane."

One of the things Thich Nhat Hanh taught me: he says, "When you're in a hurry, go slower." That works every time, unless you're trying to catch a plane.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "The older I get, the more I'm conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn't it?"

The older I get, the more I'm conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn't it?



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I was silent as a child, and silenced as a young woman; I am taking my lumps and bumps for being a big mouth, now, but usually from those whose opinion I don't respect."

I was silent as a child, and silenced as a young woman; I am taking my lumps and bumps for being a big mouth, now, but usually from those whose opinion I don't respect.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "When I was a child, I was very shy, and there's still a part of me that's very shy."

When I was a child, I was very shy, and there's still a part of me that's very shy.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I do travel a lot, because I need oxygen, I need to go to places to meet people who aren't upset at me because I'm asking for peace."

I do travel a lot, because I need oxygen, I need to go to places to meet people who aren't upset at me because I'm asking for peace.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "Like all guests, after a fortnight, grief is best beyond the door."

Like all guests, after a fortnight, grief is best beyond the door.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I began writing as an experimental writer."

I began writing as an experimental writer.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "My feminism is humanism, with the weakest being those who I represent, and that includes many beings and life forms, including some men."

My feminism is humanism, with the weakest being those who I represent, and that includes many beings and life forms, including some men.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "All of my works are performance pieces, as is true for many writers of color, writers who have indigenous roots - because our basis is spoken word."

All of my works are performance pieces, as is true for many writers of color, writers who have indigenous roots - because our basis is spoken word.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I feel comfortable in Spanish, I chat like a parrot, but I don't have the confidence in Spanish that I do in English."

I feel comfortable in Spanish, I chat like a parrot, but I don't have the confidence in Spanish that I do in English.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "My idea of a meal, if I was hungry, was to open a bag of potato chips."

My idea of a meal, if I was hungry, was to open a bag of potato chips.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I think people should read fairy tales, because were hungry for a mythology that will speak to our fears."

I think people should read fairy tales, because were hungry for a mythology that will speak to our fears.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "The more you speak more languages, the more you understand about yourself. It's like being blind. You aren't less of a person, but you're missing out on wonderful things."

The more you speak more languages, the more you understand about yourself. It's like being blind. You aren't less of a person, but you're missing out on wonderful things.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I was looking at a lot of experimental writers, and I was very intrigued by short-short fiction, writers who would write little things, what I call buttons now, little vignettes."

I was looking at a lot of experimental writers, and I was very intrigued by short-short fiction, writers who would write little things, what I call buttons now, little vignettes.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I'm filled with a new joy mixed with old grief."

I'm filled with a new joy mixed with old grief.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I'm just as unhappy about San Antonio as I was about Chicago. If you're unhappy about certain things, you're unhappy everywhere."

I'm just as unhappy about San Antonio as I was about Chicago. If you're unhappy about certain things, you're unhappy everywhere.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I think diseases have no eyes. They pick with a dizzy finger anyone, just anyone."

I think diseases have no eyes. They pick with a dizzy finger anyone, just anyone.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "Sometimes I feel I can't quite master my written and spoken Spanish, because I'm too much a student of English. I would need another lifetime to learn it."

Sometimes I feel I can't quite master my written and spoken Spanish, because I'm too much a student of English. I would need another lifetime to learn it.



Sandra Cisneros Quotes: "I like to think about the bestseller list as, "This is the medicine cabinet of a very sick country." Let me look and see what they're reading that isn't nourishing them."

I like to think about the bestseller list as, "This is the medicine cabinet of a very sick country." Let me look and see what they're reading that isn't nourishing them.