When I write, I’m not trying to be funny. It’s the way I look at the world.
Discovering Samuel Beckett in college was a big deal for me. I realized you could be very funny and very dark at the same time.
I usually say I did the best I could with what I had. I have no major regrets.
I was born in a slum, but the slum wasn’t born in me.
Spellings are made by people. Dictionaries – eventually – reflect popular choices.
English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background.
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.
The doctrine of preemption has a long and distinguished history in the history of American foreign policy.
Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.
Who lives long and who dies prematurely, is the defining issue of our time. And I submit to you, there’s a significant race dimension, it is basically class-driven.