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And gradually they're beginning to recognize the fact that there's nothing more secure than a democratic, accountable, and participatory form of government. But it's sunk in only theoretically, it has not yet sunk in completely in practical terms.
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And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.
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Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.
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But the ultimate lesson is just sit down and write. That's all.
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But theater, because of its nature, both text, images, multimedia effects, has a wider base of communication with an audience. That's why I call it the most social of the various art forms.
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But when you're deprived of it for a lengthy period then you value human companionship. But you have to survive and so you devise all kinds of mental exercises and it's amazing.
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Even when I'm writing plays I enjoy having company and mentally I think of that company as the company I'm writing for.
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I consider the process of gestation just as important as when you're actually sitting down putting words to the paper.
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I don't really consider myself a novelist, it just came out purely by accident.
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I found, when I left, that there were others who felt the same way. We'd meet, they'd come and seek me out, we'd talk about the future. And I found that their depression and pessimism was every bit as acute as mine.
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I grew up in an atmosphere where words were an integral part of culture.
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I think that feeling that if one believed absolutely in any cause, then one must have the confidence, the self-certainty, to go through with that particular course of action.
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I was placed in solitary confinement for a year and ten months out of the period in which I stayed in prison, which was just over two years.
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I'm not one of those writers I learned about who get up in the morning, put a piece of paper in their typewriter machine and start writing. That I've never understood.
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It's been difficult, and without a question I've had moments when I just wondered whether we're not really pursuing an impossible ideal.
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Looking at faces of people, one gets the feeling there's a lot of work to be done.
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My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being.
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One thing I can tell you is this, that I am not a methodical writer.
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One, a mass movement from within, which, as you know, is constantly being put down brutally but which, again, regroups and moves forward as is happening right now as we are speaking.
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Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie.
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See, even despite pious statements to the contrary, much of the industrialized world has not yet come to terms with the recognition of the fallacy of what I call the strong man syndrome.
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That was the first time I went into voluntary exile and that act was to distance myself from an environment which I felt had failed to come to grasp with the significance of the civil war, its immorality, and the future consequences. In other words, everybody had a sense of euphoria.
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The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
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The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail.
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The novel, for me, was an accident. I really don't consider myself a novelist.
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Theater can respond immediately.
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There are different kinds of artists and very often, I'll be very frank with you, I wish I were a different kind.
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There's a kind of dynamic quality about theater and that dynamic quality expresses itself in relation to, first of all, the environment in which it's being staged; then the audience, the nature of the audience, the quality of the audience.
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There's something about the theater which makes my fingertips tingle.
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Very conscious of the fact that an effort was being made to destroy my mind, because I was deprived of books, deprived of any means of writing, deprived of human companionship. You never know how much you need it until you're deprived of it.
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Well, first of all I'll say that I come alive best in theater.
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Well, I was thoroughly surrounded and immersed in aspects of the Yoruba culture.
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Well, the first thing is that truth and power for me form an antithesis, an antagonism, which will hardly ever be resolved. I can define in fact, can simplify the history of human society, the evolution of human society, as a contest between power and freedom.
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When I first came out - I spoke just now about this need for human company, but after I first came out, I remember that after a few days I just couldn't stand so much company. It became too much again for me and I couldn't wait until I could go away and isolate myself somewhere.
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