I became a clown when these docs came to the house in Berkeley and asked me to come cheer up kids. I’d just had my third spinal fusion and I was looking for something to take my mind off the pain I was in.
There are a few people, but a diminishing number, who still believe that Marxism, as an economic system, off era a coherent alternative to capitalism, and socialism has, indeed, triumphed in one country.
It seems unpleasantly refined to put things off till someone knows.
The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing when it is no longer doubtful is the cause of half their errors.
You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.
Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.
Now we are flying off into outer space, there is no clear curb on what can be done in the name of the economy.
A political event was that I met Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary. He is a young, intelligent guy, very sure of himself and extraordinarily audacious; I think we hit it off well.
It’s difficult to learn poems off by heart that don’t rhyme.
We cannot even recollect the actions of our infancy, our childhood is like something written on a slate and rubbed off.