Take away the miseries and you take away some folks' reason for living.
Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
I'll be damned if I want most folks out there to do unto me what they do unto themselves
The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality.
My mother, religious-negro, proud of having waded through a storm, is, very obviously a sturdy bridge that I have crossed over on.
[W]e have not been scuffling in this waste-howling wildness for the right to be stupid.
The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.
Our lives preserved. How it was; and how it be. Passing it along in the relay. That is what I work to do: to produce stories that save our lives.
When you dream, you dialogue with aspects of yourself that normally are not with you in the daytime and you discover that you know a great deal more than you thought you did.
Writing, like dreams, confronts, pushes you up against the evasions, self-deceptions, investments in opinions and interpretations, the clutter that blinds, that disguises that underlying, all-encompassing design. . .
Write a lot and hit the streets. A writer who doesn't keep up with what's out there ain't gonna be out there.
Writing is one of the ways I participate in transformation.
It's a dismally lonely business, writing.
I've never been convinced that experience is linear, circular, or even random. It just is. I try to put it in some kind of order to extract meaning from it, to bring meaning to it.