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America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.
America and Americans
By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication.
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Commercial rock 'n' roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music an obscene looting of a cultural expression.
Music
Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.
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Education is all a matter of building bridges
Education
Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.
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Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked.
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Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.
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I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids -- and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
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I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
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I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.
GrandparentsSlavery
I'm not a separatist. The imagination is integrative. That's how you make the new -- by putting something else with what you've got. And I'm unashamedly an American integrationist.
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If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.
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Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
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Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.
Power
Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.
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The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.
Writing
The antidote to hubris, to overweening pride, is irony, that capacity to discover and systematize ideas. Or, as Emerson insisted, the development of consciousness, consciousness, consciousness.
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The blues is an art of ambiguity, an assertion of the irrepressibly human over all circumstances, whether created by others or by one's own human failing.
Art
The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.
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