"I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
"I think that slavery is wrong, morally, socially and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union."
"I think a lot of times, the historical piece is often a way to comment on the present."
"A lot of people think Oprah is channeling for Madam Walker, and there are lots of parallels."
"Writing, for me, is the great organiser. It's while writing that I think most deeply about things."
"I've often been accused of dressing too well. I've always been fascinated by fashion, though I don't think I'm particularly fashionable."
"I don't think that when Zionism began there was a claim that we were losing - even in part - our capacity to contribute to other peoples."