I know my voice has a limited range of motion; I don’t write dramatic monologues and pretend to be other people. But so far, my voice is broad enough to accommodate most of what I want to put into my poetry. I like my persona; I often wish I were him and not me.
There’s something very authentic about humor, when you think about it. Anybody can pretend to be serious. But you can’t pretend to be funny.
Every religious tradition is rooted in mysteries I don’t pretend to understand, including claims about what happens after we die. But this I know for sure: as long as we’re alive, choosing resurrection is always worth the risk.
But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.
There are Anarchists in other parts of the world who are unable to, comprehend the position of the Spanish Anarchists. I do not pretend to censor these Anarchists.
I don’t pretend to understand the Universe – it’s a great deal bigger than I am.
Children will not pretend to be enjoying books, and they will not read books because they have been told that these books are good. They are looking for delight.
To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.
If, if a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that’s brotherhood. But if you – if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that’s not brotherhood, that’s hypocrisy.