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" Both Marx and Christ agree that in this life, a right action is consideration for the welfare of others. "
" Fortunately, our audiences are used to a kind of boredom in the theatre, and if the writer is skillful, he will flatter them into thinking: 'Why, that's us up there, and aren't we - for all our little foibles - pretty nice guys and gals?' "
" An important governorship used to be the best springboard for would-be presidents. "
" By 1939, the Depression was back. Unemployment was huge. Roosevelt didn't have any quick fix. Remember, the New Deal, Works Progress Administration, and Civilian Conservation Corps - all that happened years before. Roosevelt was riding a storm. "
" As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. "
" Having no contemporaries left means you cannot say, 'Well, so-and-so will like this,' which you do when you're younger. You realize there is no so-and-so anymore. You are your own so-and-so. There is a bleak side to it. "
" Primarily, I am a prose writer with axes to grind, and the theatre is a good place to do the grinding in. I prefer comedy to 'serious' drama because I believe one can get the ax sharper on the comedic stone. "
" The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country - and we haven't seen them since. "
" By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over. "
" Since we have literally targeted our enemies, the Pentagon assumes that, sooner or later, rogues will take out our cities, presumably from spaceships. "
" The only thing that I react really violently to is being misquoted. "
" In the writing of novels, there is the problem of how to shape a narrative. "
" At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice. "
" Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel. "
" I think I have a normal threshold of anger, but it's true that I am, by nature, belligerent. "
" I'm exactly as I appear. There is no warm, lovable person inside. Beneath my cold exterior, once you break the ice, you find cold water. "
" Actually, I can't remember when I was not writing. "
" I've yet to read a memoir by anyone I've known at all well that came anywhere near to the truth. "
" All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself. "
" I'm a fervent foe of water pollution, whether it is our own Hudson River or Philadelphia's tap water. "
" Why not just eliminate the federal income tax? "
" It is essential to naturalist doctrine that literature, to be good, must, finally, be the author's experience worked out literally. "
" There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem. "
" Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies. "
" In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are. "
" Anybody who is stupid enough to want to be remembered deserves to be forgotten right now. "
" What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke? "
" It's odd to meet a rather elderly man who says, 'I've been reading you all my life.' It makes you feel a slight chill. "
" I'm not a conspiracy theorist - I'm a conspiracy analyst. "
" As for my support for Obama, remember that I was brought up in Washington. It was an all-black city when I was a kid. And I've always been very pro-African-American - or whatever phrase we now use. "
" My family is Southern. I'm used to Bill Clintons. "