"I became a feminist without knowing that I was a feminist because the word was not used in Chile at the time. I was fourteen, fifteen, and I was so angry at the world. I could see the patriarchy everywhere, and I was so rebellious against all kinds of male authority. Everything bothered me."
"The challenge for me as an artist is to walk the narrow path toward recognition without sacrificing hunger. Complacency equals death."
"The only genuine source of happiness in life is the feeling of being useful to others."
"When I hear people making judgements about doctors who are foreign graduates, I think to myself, just wait and see. You don't know what that person is capable of or what they will accomplish one day, if given the chance."
"I think that it’s important for women to see that you can be a fine woman, and you don’t have to be perfect. It’s not natural to expect anyone to be perfect. We are human with our imperfections, and that is part of what makes us humane and beautiful."
"We all started with peeling potatoes."
"It takes forever to know oneself and to understand what you are doing and what you want to become. Nobody can tell you, it has to come from you."
"“When one collection ends, I can’t wait to start design for the next season. That is a time to dream. It is time to put things together, and I can’t wait to see what I find out about myself as I’m going through this process.”"
"Even when I grew up, I experienced oppression, placed into the box of being a woman who is supposed to act and be a certain way. You’re expected to be a mother, wife, and grandma, and you’re kept in your place. Although it is nice to be taken care of, I didn’t want to just be rescued. I don’t want to be a victim. I want to be a soldier and fight for my own rights and for women’s freedom and dignity."
"Some people get uprooted by being seen as outsiders. For me, it gave me freedom."
"It’s one of the reasons I feel like I survived, to be able to tell the story about what happened to my family and the more than a million other people who were murdered in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. I survived so that I can share that story and hopefully inspire people to start doing more to prevent genocide."
"Out of the mud grows the lotus."
"It is great to perform, but when you make someone’s life more meaningful and better, it is a completely different feeling."
"We have the third generations of families coming to my store. For me there is such a beauty about that. I’ve done this and I have achieved this . . . to be a people person, to be proud of who I am and what I stand for."
"You don't have a soul unless you are involved in the arts, because through the arts, you learn history. You learn emotion. You learn tolerance. You understand other people."
"How can I possibly fight for a better community, a better country, if at the first chance that I'm being challenged, I would fold because it was convenient to close my eyes?"
"Professional accomplishment and the love for my family work together for me. What I learned is that my work is never done, the door is never closed. Being in academia becomes a lifestyle rather than a job, and I'm immersed in it."
"For those who think that women are mentally incapable of enduring the devastation of combat, I would say that women have been dealing with so much between discrimination and the servitud-type life, and we've had to fight for our rights. History has proven that we're mentally tough enough to endure life's challenges, whether it be combat or not."
"I feel that my values are Chinese, my heart is Brazilian, and my pocket is American."
"I stand on the shoulder of strong women who are immigrants, my mother and my grandmother, who made sure I knew the value of hard work and of sharing all of my gifts with the community."