In our home we grew up thinking we were Mormons first and human beings second.
The Black Panther Party were not revenge nationalists.
Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions.
Isn’t it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity.
I have always been averse to theorizing about the art or craft of biography. Like Disraeli’s biographer, Lord Blake, who offers the cautionary analogy of the biographical centipede unsure of her next step because of too much cerebration, I have made it my practice to let the facts find the theory.
You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have – by disrupting that order – a way of surprising.
It was clear to many American working men and women that the Homestead Steel Strike of the early 1890s, when Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick broke the backs of the steel workers, that that was a watershed.
I’ve been married to the same woman for forty years, and whenever people ask us how we managed to stay married for so long, we usually say as one voice, ‘What’s the secret? Don’t get divorced!’
I think it’s important for one to take a certain distance from oneself.