One of the great failings of our education system is that we tend to focus on those who are succeeding in exams and there are plenty of them. But what we should also be looking at and a lot more urgently is those who fail.
I know that books I have written will still resonate in 50 years – particularly ‘My Sister’s Keeper.’ It has sold three million copies in the States alone. I strongly feel that as a novelist you have a platform and the ability to change people’s minds.
My only fear is the unknown.
The thing about death is that it’s honest.
I’ve always loved the experience of working together with other people toward an artistic goal.
We have magnificent brains but we use a great deal of our brilliance to keep ourselves stuck and ignorant to keep ourselves from not shining. We are so afraid of our beauty and radiance and brilliance because it scared the adults around us when we were children.
I see dance being used as communication between body and soul to express what it too deep to find for words.
I grew up in a very large family in a very small house. I never slept alone until after I was married.
Do what you fear most and you control fear.
If we can’t face death we’ll never overcome it. You have to look it straight in the eye. Then you can turn around and walk back out into the light.
And actually about three weeks ago Micky Peter and I were in Vegas at the MGM Grand. And we did about 12 shows in seven days. It was quite an experience.
That’s the beauty of music. You can take a theme from a Bach sacred chorale and improvise. It doesn’t make any difference where the theme comes from the treatment of it can be jazz.
The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century ago. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph was far more radical than that from telephone to email!
It depends on the situation. I mean on one hand there’s the argument that people should be left alone on the other hand there’s the argument to wade in a stop slaughters in places like Bosnia and Kosovo and what we probably should have done in Rwanda.
I don’t think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. There’s always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Some songs you get. Some songs you may not. And I think that’s the beauty of art: to question and to ask to understand the deeper meaning after two or three or four listenings.
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard.
I don’t wanna hear nobody complain that they’re getting paid all this money and people won’t leave them alone. It’s part of it.
The line between life or death is determined by what we are willing to do.
I never see failure as failure but only as the game I must play and win.
This whole beauty thing is something I’ve never comprehended.
One of them for example which will probably haunt me more than any other is the problem of communication.
I am aware that in presenting myself as the advocate of the Indians and their rights I shall stand very much alone.
I had always loved John Ford’s pictures. And I came to love him too but I was frightened to death working for him. He used the shock treatment while directing me.
In Torch Song I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure which also colors how you react to doing other things.