Amy Tan (b. February 19, 1952, Oakland, CA)
“In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: The Joy Luck Club
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W.E.B. Du Bois (b. February 23, 1868, Great Barrington, MA; d. August 27, 1963, Accra, Ghana)
“What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: The Souls of Black Folk
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Victor Hugo (b. February 26, 1802, Besançon, France; d. May 22, 1885, Paris, France)
“What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Les Miserables
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H.W. Longfellow (b. February 27, 1807, Portland, ME; d. March 24, 1882, Cambridge, MA)
“It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.” Find more quotes here.
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John Steinbeck (b. February 27, 1902, Salinas, CA; d. December 20, 1968, New York City, NY)
“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” Find more quotes here.
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Dee Brown (b. February 29, 1908, Louisiana; d. December 12, 2002, Little Rock, AR)
“The Indians knew that life was equated with the earth and its resources, that America was a paradise, and they could not comprehend why the intruders from the East were determined to destroy all that was Indian as well as America itself.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
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Ralph Ellison (b. March 1, 1914, Oklahoma City, OK; d. April 16, 1994, New York City, NY)
“America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Invisible Man
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John Irving (b. March 2, 1942, Exeter, NH)
“I think better of our behaviour as individuals than I do when we see ourselves as members of a group. It’s when people start forming groups that we have to watch our backs.” Find more quotes here.
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Peter Straub (b. March 2, 1943, Milwaukee, WI)
“Everyone wants to get better as they go along, but sometimes it’s all you can do to stay consistent.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Ghost Story
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