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I wouldn't want to be remembered as the guy who contaminated a perfectly legitimate form of protest art with money and celebrities.

To have a songwriter that wrote so specifically what I felt to be true... I've never been much of an actor either. If something is real for me, then I can do it.

It is formatted, and I'm tired of using vi. I get really bored.

I think it's really tough being in Donald Trump's shoes, when you've got the media looking to put the worst possible spin to everything that you say.

It's odd to think of yourself as an orphan at 55.

Costume design allows you to do a different type of research and create characters, whereas in fashion, you create an image and clothing for the masses.

I get invited to do panels with other Brooklyn writers to discuss what it's like to be a writer in Brooklyn. I expect it's like writing in Manhattan, but there aren't as many tourists walking very slowly in front of you when you step out for coffee. It's like writing in Paris, but there are fewer people speaking French.

I was always the only black in the movie theater, the only black in class, the only black in the library, the only black in the discotheque. I always felt observed and judged.

I thought I had a huge crush on a young Canadian photographer who was commissioned to go down to Australia to do a series, so I tried to figure out a way to follow him without getting in trouble with my parents, and that was by auditioning for their National Institute.

It's the role of a government to defend its soldiers and its citizens.

Best advice that I ever got is to do whatever it takes to make myself happy, so that I'll be able to make others happy. If I'm not happy, I can't make other people happy.

My mother was an unbeliever - and still is. My father was a nominal Catholic. We would go in to church at the last minute before the gospel reading, take Communion, and walk right out again.

I don't need to be someone famous or George Clooney. I don't need to be any of these people to get involved in my community or reach out to one nationally.

I was born in New York City on a cold January night when the water pipes in our apartment froze and burst. Fortunately, my mother was in the hospital rather than at home at the time.

I had been told by so many people that I was going to be nominated, that I should be nominated, that there wasn't any question about my being nominated. I don't think it was a surprise.

To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other.

Going out and playing football or baseball with the boys, when I was a tomboy, was a great way to learn about winning and losing, and most girls didn't have that experience.

Balance is if you try hard, you work hard then the rewards are in balance with what you put in and what is available.

Madrid excites me. They are one of the best teams in the world.

You have to understand the separation between what exists in the print media and what exists in reality. It's important to never lose track of reality.