Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World

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I recently read Sonia Sotomayor‘s memoir My Beloved World.  I enjoyed it especially due to being a woman of color and a lawyer.  Here are the most poignant quotes, at least they spoke to me!

“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.”

This means lots to me.  I often get nervous and over prepare.  Over preparing has never let me down!

“But I felt myself more a mediator than a crusader.  My strengths were reasoning, crafting compromises, finding the good and the good faith on both sides of an argument, and using that to build a bridge.”

I find this is true for me too.  Compromising is a gift woman and people of color often bring to the table borne from our histories.

“Whenever I make a new friend, my mind goes naturally to the question, what can I learn from this person?”

“Affirmative action may have gotten him into medical school, but it was his own self-discipline, intelligence, and hard work that saw him through, where others like him had failed.”

“A lesson would emerge for me from their strange sisterhood: the persistence or failure of human relationships cannot be predicted by any set of objective or universal criteria.  We are all limited, highly imperfect beings, worthy in some dimensions, deficient in others, and if we understand how any of our connections survive, we would do well to look first to what is good in each of us.”


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