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A lot of black people believe that Jews in this country have become white. They behave like white people rather than Jewish people.
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All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
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As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.
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At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.
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Becoming an American is based on an attitude: an exclusion of me.
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Black boys became criminalized. I was in constant dread for their lives, because they were targets everywhere. They still are.
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Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.
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Black people are victims of an enormous amount of violence. None of those things can take place without the complicity of the people who run the schools and the city.
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Black people have always been used as a buffer in this country between powers to prevent class war.
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Every now and then I'd see a black woman reviewer take another black woman writer, a critic usually, but usually it's in that field of cultural criticism.
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Everybody gets everything handed to them. The rich inherit it. I don't mean just inheritance of money. I mean what people take for granted among the middle and upper classes, which is nepotism, the old-boy network.
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Everything I've ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it.
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Everywhere, everywhere, children are the scorned people of the earth.
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For a long time I was convinced that the conflict between Jewish people and black people in this country was a media event.
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Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
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I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable, from the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient about such people.
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I am on serious business now. This is not girl playing. This is not wife playing. I am the head of a household, and I must work to pay for my children.
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I don't think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It's perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man.
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I don't think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they're black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That's what we're upset about.
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I don't write -ist novels.
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I get angry about things, then go on and work.
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I guess it comes with being over 64, you just get sort of melancholy.
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I know the value of a good editor.
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I learned a lot in marriage, in divorce. I think women do.
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I learned an enormous amount of self-esteem, even though the collapse of the relationship suggested the opposite. I just had to stand up.
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I like marriage. The idea.
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I merged those two words, black and feminist, because I was surrounded by black women who were very tough and and who always assumed they had to work and rear children and manage homes.
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I never, never, ever spoke ill of their father. I didn't want to put that burden on them. I didn't want them to choose.
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I really have very few friends who are writers.
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I regard them all that way, all those books I've written. Years later, I read them, or read them in public.
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I stole away from the world. Very, very early in the morning, I'm not very good at night. I don't generate much.
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I think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can't teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort.
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I used to complain bitterly that psychiatry never considered race.
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I want to go to Senegal. And now, South Africa.
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I would imagine there would be some difference of opinion on what the book is like or what it meant.
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I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking about a character in the subway, where you can't do anything anyway.
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I write by hand. I had all my manuscripts, notes from old books, in my bedroom on the second floor. The fire took them. But I know I would never look at that stuff again.
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I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.
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I'm always annoyed about why black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else's contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we're demons.
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I'm not entangled in shaping my work according to other people's views of how I should have done it.
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I'm very brutal. I just tell them: You have to do this, I don't want to hear whining about how it's so difficult.
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I'm very much interested in how African-American literature is perceived in this country, and written about, and viewed.
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I've lost the anger now. I'm feeling really sad.
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If I had raised them earlier or later, I would have said, This is what you do. You don't live in that neighborhood.
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If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
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If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
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If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.
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If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.
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In any of those Southern writers, there's the moment when black and white children play together, and then there's a moment when that's all over, because they can't socialize together.
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In becoming an American, from Europe, what one has in common with that other immigrant is contempt for me-it's nothing else but color.
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In the New Yorker, the reviewer spent a lot of time talking about Bill Cosby's television show-the kind of black family to be compared with the family in Beloved. It was so revolting.
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In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
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It makes me breathless to be told that this is difficult writing-that nobody in the schools is going to want to talk about all of these issues.
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It never occurred to me that that was feminist activity. My mother would walk down to a theater to make sure that they were not segregating the population.
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It was a very strong interior life that I developed for the characters, and for myself, because something was always churning. There was no blank time.
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It's been mentioned or suggested that Paradise will not be well studied, because it's about this unimportant intellectual topic, which is religion.
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Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.
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Make a difference about something other than yourselves.
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Most of the people who've ever written are under enormous duress, myself being one them. So whining about how they can't get it is ridiculous.
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My children are delightful people, whom I would love even if they weren't my children.
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Nelson Mandela is, for me, the single statesman in the world. The single statesman, in that literal sense, who is not solving all his problems with guns. It's truly unbelievable.
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No one ever talks about the moment you found that you were white. Or the moment you found out you were black. That's a profound revelation. The minute you find that out, something happens. You have to renegotiate everything.
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One of my kids was born in 1968. There were going to be political difficulties, but they were never going to have that level of hatred and contempt that my brothers and my sister and myself were exposed to.
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Racism is a scholarly pursuit. It's all over the world, I am convinced.
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Schools must stop being holding pens to keep energetic young people off the job market and off the streets. We stretch puberty out a long, long time.
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She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.
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Some Native American writers enjoy being called Native American writers.
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Somebody has to take responsibility for being a leader.
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The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.
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The body is ready to have babies. Nature wants it done then, when the body can handle it, not after 40, when the income can handle it.
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The unflattering reviews are painful for short periods of time; the badly written ones are deeply, deeply insulting. That reviewer took no time to really read the book.
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The whole summer was devoted to writing. And that's how I got it done.
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The women I had as very close friends were very independent women, very progressive. They're very sensitive about social change.
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There is nothing of any consequence in education, in the economy, in city planning, in social policy that does not concern black people.
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There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.
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There was a description of a woman who had to wear a bell contraption so when she moved they always knew where she was. There were masks slaves wore when they cut cane.
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There was a time when my books, as well as everybody else's books, were viewed as sociological revelations. Is this the best view of the black family, or not?
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There's 60% unemployment for black teenagers in this city. What kind of choice is that?
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They can be teachers. They can be brain surgeons. We have to help them become brain surgeons. That's my job.
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Three of us, who don't write anything alike, were lumped together by color, and then the reviewer ended by deciding which of the three books was the best.
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Two miles in any direction, you may run into Quakers who feed you or Klansmen who kill you.
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We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
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What I can do very well is edit. I like to get in the manuscript.
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What they care about is their personal well-being: Am I going to get mugged? Are the homeless going to be in my neighborhood?
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When I think about the lives normal women live, doing several things, they organize it. You learn how to use time.
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When my children were small, I felt I was the breadwinner, so I had to do everything that would put me in a position of independence to take care of my family.
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When there is pain, there are no words. All pain is the same.
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When you leave the plantation, you are leaving not only what you know, you are leaving your family.
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Women should be friends with one another. In the community in which I grew up, there were women who would choose the company of a female friend over a man, anytime. They were really sisters, in that sense.
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Women's rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about us; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us.
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You marvel at the economy and this choice of words. How many ways can you describe the sky and the moon? After Sylvia Plath, what can you say?
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You need a whole community to raise a child. I have raised two children, alone.
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You sort of struggle to do four good things when you're my age, and then not deal.
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