I think that my work is easy to understand because I am not a thinker. I am not a […] How can I put it? I write the way I perceive, I guess. It’s not really simple, I don’t think, but it’s about ordinary things — feeling about things, about people. I’m not an intellectual. I’m not an abstract thinker. And I’m interested in ordinary life.

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There are creative seeds buried in people, no matter how oppressed they have been, and you can find these seeds in their stories.

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Beauty can’t be targeted…it is always a by-product of other, often very ordinary pursuits.

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From a little spark may burst a flame.

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Human beings are put on earth in order to experience the beauty of ordinary things.

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Most people are a little better than their circumstances give them a chance to be.

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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

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Outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary but the common mode of existence.

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Nothing is weaker than water, But when it attacks something hard Or resistant, then nothing withstands it, And nothing will alter its way.

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Anything can happen, the tallest towers Be overturned, those in high places daunted, Those overlooked regarded.

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Nothing, like something, happens everywhere.

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Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. Practice resurrection.

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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

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People's lives, in [my home town] as elsewhere, were dull, simple, amazing, unfathomable - deep caves paved with kitchen linoleum.

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Ordinary people are bringing the good things back.

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The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect people.

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Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

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To dream awake, to keep watch asleep, to live while dying, and to know ourselves already resurrected!

_ , Threatened with Resurrection; Prayers and Poems from an Exiled Guatemalan)
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There is an aristocracy of the sensitive. They represent the true human tradition of permanent victory over cruelty and chaos.

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Let me tell you a secret: there is no such thing as an uninteresting life.

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Love doesn’t mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.

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Big achievements are built on patience.

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We may not be big but we’re small.

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Humans can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.

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