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5 Selena Quotes to Live By

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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez needs little introduction to those who loved—and still love—her. The "queen of Tejano music" who was taken too early from this earth, left behind an incalculable legacy; songs such as "Como la flor," "Bidi bidi bom bom," and "Amor prohibido," which have stood the test of time; and scars on the hearts of the millions of devoted fans who still mourn her death 20 years later. Selena was tragically murdered March 31, 1995 by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club, whom she suspected of embezzling money.

So loved is the Grammy award-winning Mexican-American singer that she will be honored with her own two-day music and film festival, Fiesta de la Flor (Festival of the Flower) scheduled in April in Selena's hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Remembered as much for her music as for her generous spirit and wide smile, Selena was a shining star who, perhaps in part due to the necessity of financially supporting her family at a young age, along with her siblings, displayed a lot of wisdom despite her youth. Here are five quotes that exemplify some of that Selena sensibility along with a life lesson to live by.

1. "Anywhere in the world you go, you find racism, discrimination. Not just in the United States, or in Texas. It's very sad for me, but that's the way it is. I can't change the world by myself. I, being Hispanic, have also faced discrimination. But … the world keeps turning."

The lesson: Acknowledge that problems exist in this world, without letting those problems get you down or hold you back.

2. "I eat anything, and I'm not preoccupied with my figure. The most important [thing] is that the people accept me for my music, not for physical appearances."

The lesson: Know your true worth, and don't judge yourself according to society's standards.

3. "One thing is that if I ever have children later on, for sure I want my children to know Spanish. It only makes you a better person or even a smarter person to know two languages. If that barrier is not there you can cross both lines, talk to English [speaking] and Spanish [speaking] people, and it gets you a lot farther in business and personal communication."

The lesson: Roots, identity, culture, bilingualism - they are all gifts to be passed to the next generation.

4. "If you have a dream, don't let anybody take it away and always believe that the impossible is possible."

The lesson: Dream big and ignore the haters.

5. "I can't dwell on the negatives. I think positively."

The lesson: Focus on the positive.

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