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I was looking through a travel photography book the other day at a used bookstore and I found a great quote by Maya Angelou that says exactly what I tried to say recently in my first post.  It’s typical of me to find a quote that says perfectly what I wanted to say several days after I spent quite a bit of time struggling to express the idea on my own.  I’ve always believed that the mark of a truly great writer is the ability to say something big with very few words.  I used 697 words trying to express this idea and I was never as satisfied with my result, and Maya says it infinitely better with a mere 35 words:

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

-Maya Angelou (American Poet, b.1928)

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