Common Core: RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.6, WHST.6-8.4, RI.6-8.4, RI.6-8.6, W.6-8.4

NCSS: Culture • Individual Development and Identity • Civic Ideals and Practices


Words of Wisdom

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, get inspired by these thought-provoking quotes from some noteworthy Latinx leaders, thinkers, and doers.

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“Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.”

—Roberto Clemente (1934-1972), baseball player and humanitarian

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“If you are able to look yourself in the mirror every day with the decisions that you make, that’s where the power starts.”

—Selena Gomez (1992-  ), singer and actress

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“It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.”

—Sonia Sotomayor (1954-  ), U.S. Supreme Court justice

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“He who awaits much can expect little.”

—Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014), novelist and winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature

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“The American dream is the dream of the whole world. Everybody on the planet has dreams, but this country is where you can make them happen. . . . That’s why I came here.”

—Franklin Chang-Díaz (1950-  ), scientist and NASA astronaut

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“Diversity is our universal nature. We are diverse. The claim that we can coexist, based on . . . mutual respect, on the recognition of the other, on peaceful coexistence, is very important.”

—Rigoberta Menchú (1959-  ), human rights activist and winner of a Nobel Peace Prize

Write About It! Choose a quote from this page that stands out to you. Use your own words to summarize what the person is saying. Then explain how his or her message can apply to your own life.