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If anyone thinks they’d rather be in a different part of history, they’re probably not a very good student of history. Life sucked in the old days. People knew very little, and you were likely to die at a young age of some horrible disease. You’d probably have no teeth by now. It would be particularly awful if you were a woman.
For Native Americans, the most shameful and powerful corrective gesture is to literally and physically turn one’s back upon a person who has transgressed, and then after they’ve been banished for a while, they come back into the circle and the members of the tribe say every good thing that person has ever done, because they have to be welcomed back.
Diane von Furstenberg actually gave me a very good piece of advice. She said, ‘When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt,’ so that’s something I’m going with. I think that’s a really good answer: Just don’t listen to the doubts. Your doubts are generated by fear, and fear is a series of distorted thoughts.
A man of the best parts and greatest learning, if he does not know the world by his own experience and observation, will be very absurd, and consequently very unwelcome in company. He may say very good things; but they will be probably so ill-timed, misplaced, or improperly addressed, that he had much better hold his tongue.