Our vanity is hardest to wound precisely when our pride has just been wounded.
We are somehow natured, not just to reproduce, but for sociality and even for culture.
You can’t do business with a man who doesn’t know the meaning of a contract. You can’t do business with a firm who swears they’ll do one thing one day and does just the opposite the next. You can’t do business with a company who takes your goods on a cash basis and then pays you off in bum harmonicas.
If you don’t work yourself up into a fever of greed and covetousness in an art museum, you’re just not doing the job.
We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line.
If we all think only of our own interests, we are headed for collective disaster – just look at what we are doing to our planet’s climate.
It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.
We as Americans believe it’s OK to kill people. We believe it’s OK to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. We think it’s OK to invade a country where we think Osama Bin Laden is and he’s in the other country. So we just go in and we just kill. And we have the death penalty; we sanction it.
The language of all the interpretations, the translations, of the Judaic Bible and the Christian Bible, is musical, just wonderful. I read the Bible to myself; I’ll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.