A Long Way Gone
By Ishmael Beach
“When I was young, my father used to say, ‘If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die.’ I thought about these words during my journey, and they kept me moving even when I did not know where I was going. Those words became the vehicle that drove my spirit forward and made it stay alive.”
This passage from the book is my favorite because the message from his father can be used for anyone in a hard situation. He's telling Ishmael to be strong no matter what is going on.
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