But if I were to say who influenced me most, then I’d say Franz Kafka. And his works were always anchored in the Central European region.
I got interested in the question of literacy because writers are always moaning about why more people don’t read books.
I’m always disappointed when people don’t live up to their potential. I know that a number of people look down on themselves and consequently on everybody who looks like them. But that, too, can change.
In reading plays, however, it should always be remembered that any play, however great, loses much when not seen in action.
If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.
I always knew that I was going be an environmental advocate when I was very young.
Liberalism, on the other hand, regards life as an adventure in which we must take risks in new situations, in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true, in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability.
I’ve always admired President Chavez for standing up to imperialism and the meddling of the American government in South America.
The work of art is always unfaithful to its creator… Art lays at a higher level; it says something more, and almost always, it says something different from what the artist wanted to say.
I always had good recognition from the Southern writers, but the publishers never took any notice of that.