"I used to be a preschool teacher, but I got fired."
“Well, I decided that I wanted to have a socially conscious class. So we learned about apartheid in South Africa. Then we learned about homelessness. Then we made mother’s day cards for Trayvon Martin’s mom. And I think the principal decided that it was too much for three and four year olds, because she told me I wasn’t a ‘good fit.’ But honestly, I was just shining too bright for them. And now she’s going to see me on Humans of New York, and she’ll be sorry!”
"I try to conserve my energy."
“How do you mean?”
“Everybody is always wasting their energy on being against other people. They like to say ‘I’m against this,’ or ‘I’m against that.’ I say a lot of prayers when I wake up in the morning. But one of the prayers I always say is: ‘God, please send me someone that I can help today.’”
"What’s your largest remaining goal in life?"
“I’d love to teach a course in art history.”
“So what would you say is the purpose of art?”
“Well, art is a means of expression, of course. But it’s also a means of record. If you look at the earliest artists, their art was a way for them to say: ‘I was here.’”
I was here.