"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Sandra Cisneros on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Sandra Cisneros on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Sandra Cisneros on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Sandra Cisneros on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Sandra Cisneros on Abraham Lincoln
"I think my family and closest friends are learning about my need to withdraw, and I am learning how to restore and store my energy to both serve the community to the best of my ability and to serve my writer's heart."
"Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace. I think liberation must come from within."