Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
It’s hard for anyone intelligent to be nonviolent. Everything in the universe does something when you start playing with his life, except the American Negro. He lays down and says, ‘Beat me, daddy.’
Well, probably I was fed up with concrete poetry. There was a lot of bad concrete poetry and besides, it was confused with visual poetry which was completely different.
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action.
If the work is pure then you have to think it could be understood. If it is not understood it doesn’t mean that your work is not accessible. It doesn’t worry me, but, of course, I would be pleased if people liked my work.
My position is that since the non-secular status of my garden is not recognised by the law; by the world of the public, then the garden can only be private. So, I closed the garden to the public.
I don’t mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca.