He who is last had best laugh.
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?'
Both Marx and Christ agree that in this life, a right action is consideration for the welfare of others.
In the German concentration camps, Jews wore yellow stars while homosexuals wore pink lambdas.
As a schoolboy, I read most of Carl Sandburg's six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln.
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.
It is true, as Sartre once wrote, referring to French Army atrocities in Algeria, that the real tragedy in our time is that any of us can be, interchangeably, victim or torturer.
As for civil liberties, any one who is not vigilant may one day find himself living, if not in a police state, at least in a police city.
There is only one party in the United States: the Property party... and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat.
The United States is a madhouse.
I am not, at heart, a playwright.
You cannot deprive somebody of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, because that is a right - constitutional right.
I didn't mean to spend my life writing American history, which should have been taught in the schools, but I saw no alternative but to taking it on myself. I could think of a lot of cheerier things I'd rather be doing than analyzing George Washington and Aaron Burr. But it came to pass, that was my job, so I did it.
My father once said something very shrewd about me to a woman journalist who had told him how courageous she thought I was for always speaking my mind. My father said, 'If you couldn't care less what anyone says about you, then it's not courage.'
The only thing that I react really violently to is being misquoted.
I think I have a normal threshold of anger, but it's true that I am, by nature, belligerent.
I'm not paranoid, no. I'm different in that I have enemies. Very real ones.
I never said I was gay, because I don't think anyone is.
I was like everyone else when Obama was elected - optimistic.
From April 1775 to July 1776, the undeclared war between England and its American colonies smoldered, flared up, appeared to sputter out... It was hardly, ever, a mass rebellion.
On September 5, 1774, forty-five of the weightiest colonial men formed the First Continental Congress at Philadelphia.
In essence, Clinton's Anti-Terrorism Act would set up a national police force, over the long-dead bodies of the founders.
'The Turner Diaries' is a racist daydream by a former physics teacher writing under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald.
Like the TV networks, once our government has a hit, it will be repeated over and over again.
Boys don't like girls around when they do boy things.
Every generation gets the Tiny Tim it deserves.
I know a lot of the Annapolis breed.
Remember, I'm West Point, where I was born. My father went there.
I don't even read most reviews, unless there is a potential lawsuit on view.
I can't name three first-rate literary critics in the United States. I'm told there are a few hidden away at universities, but they don't print them in 'The New York Times.'
My family is Southern. I'm used to Bill Clintons.
Does one ever read a politician's books?
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.
In the writing of novels, there is the problem of how to shape a narrative.
Certainly 'The Judgment of Paris' was the novel in which I found my own voice.
Between fourteen and nineteen, I must have begun and abandoned six novels.
Actually, I can't remember when I was not writing.
Didn't George Washington say, 'He who controls Afghanistan will carry New Jersey?'