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.”
“Harte Arbeit, spärliches Brot - doch die alte Sonne a Himmel. Und vielleicht spricht das Herz noch einmal. Was habe ich alles gehabt in meinem Leben - überreichlich!”
“Maybe drinking five or six ales before getting into a massive brawl hadn't been the wisest choice.”
“The sun was already long past the spire when Garrick purchased a mug of coffee from his regular man on the tip of Oxford Street. But his palate had been educated by 21st century coffee, and he judged this mug as bilge water not fit for the Irish.”
“Well, if 'exciting means drama and people dying and doctors and nurses rushing around like in the movies, then no, it wasn't. But if it means doing something that seems small now but can make a big difference in the long run, then it was.”
“Many times, when children enter school they shun mathematics and science during the years when they should be learning the basics.”
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