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" I have a kind of magnetic attraction to situations of violence. "
" I love beauty. But I like the beauty accidentally, not dished up, served up on a platter. "
" In Africa, those who have money - businessmen and banks - do not believe in film. "
" You cannot live a normal existence if you haven't taken care of a problem that affects your life and affects the lives of others, values that you hold which in fact define your very existence. "
" 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. "
" I've done a lot of guerrilla theater in my time. "
" One thing I can tell you is this, that I am not a methodical writer. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Under a dictatorship, a nation ceases to exist. All that remains is a fiefdom, a planet of slaves regimented by aliens from outer space. "
" And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others. "
" I'm an Afro-realist. I take what comes, and I do my best to affect what is unacceptable in society. "
" There is something really horrific for any human being who feels he is being consumed by other people. I'm talking about a writer's critics, who don't address what you've written, but want to probe into your existence and magnify the trivia of your life without any sense of humor, without any sense of context. "
" But the ultimate lesson is just sit down and write. That's all. "
" History teaches us to beware of the excitation of the liberated and the injustices that often accompany their righteous thirst for justice. "
" Trading and religion have always been aligned together in the history of the world, and especially on the African continent. "
" Some of the greatest uprisings and consequent civil wars in Mexico have centered squarely on the ownership of land. "
" Art is solace; art is vision, and when I pick up a literary work, I am a consumer of literature for its own sake. "
" I take friendship very seriously. "
" I began writing early - very, very early... I was already writing short stories for the radio and selling poems to poetry and art festivals; I was involved in school plays; I wrote essays, so there was no definite moment when I said, 'Now I'm a writer.' I've always been a writer. "
" Colonialism bred an innate arrogance, but when you undertake that sort of imperial adventure, that arrogance gives way to a feeling of accommodativeness. You take pride in your openness. "
" 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. "
" Before you're a writer, you're a citizen, a human being, and therefore the weapons of the citizen are at your disposal to use or not use. "
" The blatant aggressiveness of theocracies I find distressing, because I grew up when Christians, Muslim and animists lived peacefully together. "
" 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. "
" A tiger does not shout its tigritude, it acts. "
" Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I grew up in an atmosphere where words were an integral part of culture. "
" All religions accept that there is something called 'criminality.' And criminality cannot be excused by religious fervour. "