"Without great solitude,

No great work is possible."

PABLO PICASSO

"The writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit--for gallantry

in defeat, for courage, compassion and love.

In the endless war against weakness and depair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and emulation."

JOHN STEINBECK

"Leaving behind nights of terror and fear]

I rise

Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave..."

MAYA ANGELOU