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Born: 1933-01-15
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

Tags: Culture, Men, Why

There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past.

Tags: Change, Men, Past

Sometimes you got to hurt something to help something. Sometimes you have to plow under one thing in order for something else to grow.

Tags: Help, Hurt, Sometimes

I suppose I started writing seriously at 16 years old. I thought I wrote a novel at 16 and sent it to New York! They sent it back because it wasn't novel.

Tags: Old, Thought, Writing

Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That's the only thing.

Tags: Action, Mean, Words

Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.

Tags: Question, Star, Word

The mark of fear is not easily removed.

Tags: Easily, Fear, Mark

A myth is an old lie that people believe in. White people believe that they're better than anyone else on earth - and that's a myth.

Tags: Else, Lie, Old

All writers write about the past, and I try to make it come alive so you can see what happened.

Tags: Past, Try, Write

I believe that the writer should tell a story. I believe in plot. I believe in creating characters and suspense.

Tags: Story, Tell, Writer

I had to see and feel and be with the thing that I wanted to write about.

Tags: Wanted, Write

I knew I wanted to be a writer and I knew if I had a wife and family, I would neglect something, and I was afraid it wouldn't be the writing.

Tags: Family, Wife, Writing

I think I'm a very religious person. I think I believe in God as much as any man does. I don't only believe in God, I know there's God.

Tags: God, Religious

I try to write something that would interest anybody and keep them turning the page. You must have a plot and good storyline.

Tags: Good, Keep, Try

I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to say something about home.

Tags: Home, Wanted, Writer

I write to try to find out who I am. One of my main themes is manliness. I think I'm trying to figure out what manliness really is.

Tags: Try, Trying, Write

I write with as much objectivity as I can.

Tags: Write

The sharecropper may lower his eyes, but not because he's less of a man. That's just a condition of society that such things exist.

Tags: Eyes, May, Society

Today I must write a paragraph or a page better than I did yesterday.

Tags: Today, Write, Yesterday

I was raised by a lady that was crippled all her life but she did everything for me and she raised me. She washed our clothes, cooked our food, she did everything for us. I don't think I ever heard her complain a day in her life. She taught me responsibility towards my brother and sisters and the community.

Tags: Food, Her, Life

What I miss today more than anything else - I don't go to church as much anymore - but that old-time religion, that old singing, that old praying which I love so much. That is the great strength of my being, of my writing.

Tags: Great, Love, Religion

When I'm sitting in the church alone, I can hear singing of the old people. I can hear their singing and I can hear their praying, and sometimes I hum one of their songs.

Tags: Alone, Old, Sometimes
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