The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
I was a better writer when I was teaching. I was constantly going over the basics and constantly reminding myself, as I reminded my students, what made a good story, a good poem.
I have a novel that I can write. It’s about three soldiers from Somalia. Some babies have been disappearing up on 144th Street, and I speculate later on what happened to them and how they might have been got back. These guys are dead, all three, and they have a chance in the afterlife to do something they should have done when they were alive.
Every once in a while, you live long enough to get the respect that people didn’t want to give while you were trying to become a senior citizen.
Politics is the art of the next best.
An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve.
Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.
Everything that’s bad for you catches on too quickly in America, because that’s the easiest thing to get people to invest in, the pursuits that are easy and destructive, the ones that bring out the least positive aspects of people.
It’s a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem.