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Anna Deavere Smith Quotes

Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is - Funny Quotes
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary - Work Quotes
You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely - Love Quotes
I like me a little bit more when i'm with you - Love Quotes
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever - Love Quotes
I meant to behave but there were too many other options - Funny Quotes
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me - Love Quotes
Having you in my life made everything better - Love Quotes
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Making your life is ultimately an extraordinarily creative endeavor  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) You know, all kinds of people inspire me  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Over time, my students have gotten richer and more educated  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) I am lucky: I have fantastic doctors and a fantastic dentist  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Identity is an assemblage of constellations  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Confidence is the mark of a hopeful disposition  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) I’m interested when things are upside down - because there are so many possibilities in that one moment. There is a lot that is exposed  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) To live your life well, and have respect for what came before or after - there’s a strong respect for that in African culture.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) We would like doctors to listen, but the fact is, we better be ready to be able to talk to them. You’re going to have to be an active participant in that conversation, so I’d say the American people are going to need ways of stepping up to the conversation.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) I talk about race a lot. It’s been my work ever since I came out of acting school. But it’s true that in a way talking about race is a taboo. Because so many of our debates about race have to do not with race but with what we are willing to see, what we will not see and what we don’t want to see  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) I was a mimic when I was a child. I mimicked the teacher and made friends that way, actually. That was a very subversive activity, because I was a goody-goody who never got in trouble. But if I went off in the corner and mimicked the teacher, people loved it  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Each person has a literature inside them. But when people lose language, when they have to experiment with putting their thoughts together on the spot-that’s what I love most. That’s where character lives  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Suddenly in high school, I’m in a predominantly Jewish atmosphere. Jewish people were my gate to white America  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) When I got out of acting school, I was lucky to have gotten any job at all. A lot of people hiring African American actresses - it was right after ‘Roots,’ and for society, not me, it was great. Nice richly dark-skinned people was the fashion, and I was not  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) The American idea is as promising, imaginative, and full of the unexpected as the land itself. The land represents freedom - the frontier, the ability to make a new future with your own bare hands  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) President Obama called for a ‘we’ nation in his Inauguration Address. Art convenes. It is not just inspirational. It is aspirational. It pricks the walls of our compartmentalized minds, opens our hearts and makes us brave. And that’s what we need most in our country today  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) I am interested in personal stories because that’s when people become expressive, spontaneous and heartfelt.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Well, the terrible thing right now, and I don’t know the statistics, but there’s a growing concern in some communities about how rapidly people are sent from school to jail, how quickly they’re put into the criminal justice system. And of course the rapidly growing number of brown people, both men and women, in prison. And this is terrible.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) People in power have to be careful about what comes out of their mouth. They have to find exactly the right word that can’t be attacked.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Racism has been for everyone like a horrible, tragic car crash, and we’ve all been heavily sedated from it. If we don’t come into consciousness of this tragedy, there’s going to be a violent awakening we don’t want. The question is, can we wake up?  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Poverty makes it very difficult in an already competitive world for kids to get on a straight track where they can actually love learning.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) What my work is, is my approach to it. It’s the practice. And my work is about the effort that I make to get there. And I think if there’s anything artistic, it’s in that middle space.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Self-esteem does not come from surrounding yourself with people and things that seem to increase your value. Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner-value with things in the world around you  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) When you think about it, words can break your heart, or they can change your day  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) I think it’s really important to give yourself a very big question that you’re working on that you can come home to  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) I think it’s really important to give yourself a very big question that you’re working on that you can come home to, even if you, you know, are going to have to go without a cup of coffee or even a meal, that that should nourish you.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists were writing about home - if you were a woman, you were writing about being a woman - and I decided not to do that, write about what you know. That’s not what I do. I went as far away from home as possible in terms of the development of my imagination.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) People who are sick, or who have been sick, or have come close to death have a lot to say - and they want you to hear it.  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) Each person has a literature inside them  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes) You know, interesting minds usually do hold more than one idea at a time  (Anna Deavere Smith Quotes)
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