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Florence Anthony (October 21, 1947 – March 20, 2010) was an American poet and educator who legally changed her name to Ai Ogawa (Japanese : Literally: "Love Stream" ). She won the 1999 National Book Award for Poetry for Vice: New and Selected Poems.

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Quote Left I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of. Quote Right
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Quote Left Another kind of love and compassion is not based on something appearing beautiful or nice, but based on the fact that the other person, just like oneself, wants happiness and does not want suffering and indeed has every right to be happy and to overcome suffering. On such a basis, we feel a sense of responsibility, a sense of closeness toward that being. That is true compassion. This is because the compassion is based on reason, notjust on emotional feeling. As a consequence, it does not matter what the other's attitude is, whether negative, or positive. What matters is that it is a human being, a sentient being that has the experience of pain and pleasure. There is no reason not to feel compassion so long as it is a sentient being. Quote Right
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Quote Left The scars of others should teach us caution. Quote Right
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Quote Left All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The violence of revolutions is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum. Quote Right
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Quote Left The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions. Quote Right
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