As soon as you say that there is a community called, let’s say, black Americans, you’ve immediately created a boundary line – who’s in that group, who’s outside that group.
Every new concept first comes to the mind in a judgment.
To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.
Democrats do best in urban centers, Republicans in outer suburbs and rural areas.
If you are socially isolated, you are more vulnerable to stereotypes and myths; you won’t have the opportunity to have conversations with someone who has a different social background than you.
I was very careful never to take an interesting job. If you have an interesting job, you get interested in it.
There were times over the years when life was not easy, but if you’re working a few hours a day and you’ve got a good book to read, and you can go outside to the beach and dig for clams, you’re okay.
Many people believe that determining who is ‘black’ is rather easy, a task simplified by the administration of the one-drop rule. Under the one-drop rule, any discernible African ancestry stamps a person as ‘black.’
I think one thing is that prayer has become more useful, interesting, fruitful, and… almost involuntary in my life.
I’d rather write about polar bears than people.