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.
All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
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.
I think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can't teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort.
You need a whole community to raise a child. I have raised two children, alone.
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.
It's been mentioned or suggested that Paradise will not be well studied, because it's about this unimportant intellectual topic, which is religion.
Make a difference about something other than yourselves.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
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.
I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.
If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.
As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.
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.
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.
Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
I like marriage. The idea.
There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.
Black boys became criminalized. I was in constant dread for their lives, because they were targets everywhere. They still are.