Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright’s pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace.
I keep a hotel room in my town, although I have a large house. And I go there at about 5:30 in the morning, and I start working. And I don’t allow anybody to come in that room. I work on yellow pads and with ballpoint pens. I keep a Bible, a thesaurus, a dictionary, and a bottle of sherry. I stay there until midday.
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.
I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with ‘Porgy and Bess,’ the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places.
I’ve read everything Thomas Wolfe ever wrote; my brother and I memorized whole chapters of ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ and ‘Look Homeward, Angel.’
I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine… before she realizes she’s reading.
It’s good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for awhile their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’