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Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.

The Buddhas do but tell the way; it is for you to swelter at the task.
As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite evidence and change and requirements and possibilities of language; every human use of words that is joyful, or honest or new, because experience is new... But as a Black poet and writer, I hate words that cancel my name and my history and the freedom of my future: I hate the words that condemn and refuse the language of my people in America.
I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.
If someone were to pay you $.10 for every kind word you ever spoke and collect $.05 for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?
It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.
Prose, words in their best order. Poetry, the best words in the best order.
Short words are the best and old words when short are best of all.
The written word can be erased -- not so with the spoken word.
A word after a word after a word is power.
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
The mind that does not understand is the Buddha. There is no other.

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