Politics is the art of the possible.
My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
I was one of the first three black students to go to an all-white school in Tennessee.
Every show that sells out is like a hero’s welcome for me.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
If you aren’t having no fun, die, because you’re running a worthless program, far as I’m concerned.
And so I’m saying that, yes, colonialism was terrible, and I describe it as a legacy of wars, but we ought to be moving away from that by now.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
But when you have bad governance, of course, these resources are destroyed: The forests are deforested, there is illegal logging, there is soil erosion. I got pulled deeper and deeper and saw how these issues become linked to governance, to corruption, to dictatorship.
We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.