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Marguerite Ann Johnson (1928) is an American poet and author.

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You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.


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Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.


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Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.


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All great achievements require time.


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My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked, a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.


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We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.


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Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.


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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.


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I believe that every person is born with talent.


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Life loves the liver of it.


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Achievement brings its own anticlimax.


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Effective action is always unjust.


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How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!


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I think that that's the wisest thing - to prevent illness before we try to cure something.


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I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.


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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.


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When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.


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My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.


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While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.


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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.


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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.


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Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.


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Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.


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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.


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Nothing will work unless you do.

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