To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.
Martin Luther King, with whom I worked very closely, became very distressed when a number of the ministers working for him wanted him to dismiss me from his staff because of my homosexuality.
The poem, for me, is simply the first sound realized in the modality of being.
Since Israel is a democratic state surrounded by essentially undemocratic states which have sworn her destruction, those interested in democracy everywhere must support Israel’s existence.
My activism did not spring from my being gay, or, for that matter, from my being black. Rather, it is rooted fundamentally in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me.
A terrible thing about getting oldish is that your friends start dying, and in the last ten years I have lost seven or eight of my closest.
I only keep books that I like very much. Otherwise I’d throw them out.
I used to fish the Border rivers, but nowadays you have to queue up for a shot and I can’t stand that.
Anybody who writes doesn’t like to be misunderstood.
I was playing catch with the European audience.