Writing is not the easiest way to make a living. Your work long hours, usually all by yourself. It is not a way to make money.
My sense of a poem – my notion of how you revise – is: you get yourself into a state where what you are intensely conscious of is not why you wrote it or how you wrote it, but what you wrote.
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest.
A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
I’m seventy-one now, so it’s hard to imagine a dramatic change.
And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.
Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.