Anna Deavere Smith · 240 pages
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“We who are in the arts are at the risk of being in a popularity contest rather than a profession. If that fact causes you despair . . . pick another profession. Your desire to communicate must be bigger than your relationship with the chaotic and unfair realities . . . We have to create our own standards of discipline.”
“You are an explorer. You understand that every time you go into the studio, you are after something that does not yet exist.”
“Commit to finding the true nature of art. Go for that thing no one can teach you. Go for that communion, that real communion with your soul, and the discipline of expressing that communion with others. That doesn't come from competition. That comes from being one with what you are doing.”
“Even jealousy is based on fantasies: a fantasy that someone else has what belongs to you.”
“My job in my work is not to acquire power; it's to question power.”
“Rhetoric is what shapes history, if not truth.”
“Art requires that you make something else exist that is a representation of what your feeling is, or your idea.”
“In open organizations, a catalyst is the person who initiates a circle and then fades away into the background.”
“and he, Hugh Person....began to undress her in the motels of his mind”
“People cannot be free unless they are willing to sacrifice some of their interests to guarantee the freedom of others.”
“She was the split-second experience that changes everything.; the car smash; the letter we shouldn't have opened; the lump in the breast or groin; the blinding flash. On my well-ordered stage-set the lights were up, and maybe at last I was waiting in the wings.”
“I swear that you are the idol of my heart, my dear Chevalier, and there is nobody in the world I love as I love you. But don't you see, my poor darling, that loyalty is a silly virtue in the pass we are in? Do you really think we can love each other with nothing to eat? one fine day, Hunger would lead me into some fatal mistake and thinking I was sign for love, I should really be drawing my last breath”
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