What we say about other people says more about who we are than who they are.
And it was a moment when I moved to Martin Luther King Boulevard in Newark, where the tenant president, Miss Jones, checked me. She said, 'Describe the neighborhood.' And I described drug dealing, the projects, abandoned buildings.
And she just said to me in a very curt way, 'Boy, you need to understand that the world you see outside of you is a reflection of what you have inside of you, and if you’re one of those people who only sees darkness, despair, that’s all there’s ever gonna be. But if you see hope, opportunity, if you’re stubborn enough to, every time you open your eyes, see love and the face of God, then you can be a change agent. Then you can make a difference.'
It was a monumental moment for me, at the beginning of my life—that you have choices."
― Cory Booker US Senator