If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.
There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave.
A white face goes with a white mind. Occasionally a black face goes with a white mind. Very seldom a white face will have a black mind.
I think one of the nicest things that we created as a generation was just the fact that we could say, Hey, I don't like white people.
A lot of people refuse to do things because they don't want to go naked, don't want to go without guarantee. But that's what's got to happen. You go naked until you die.
Writers don't write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don't. ...If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.