"The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. "
"Write if you will: but write about the world as it is and as you think it ought to be and must be..."
"If the world is engaged in a dispute between survival and destruction...then we, as members of the human race, must address ourselves to that dispute."
"I believe that one of the most sound ideas in dramatic writing is that in order to create something universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific."
"I wanted to be able to come here and speak with you on this occasion because you are young, gifted, and black…"