I don't live my life as..

I don't live my life as a writer. I'm a mother, an African-American woman, and I do everything that everybody else does - cook and a little bit of cleaning.

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I had a marriage that I came to in the same way everybody else comes to a marriage. We all take chances when we get married.
Came
Chances
Else
Everybody
Everybody Else
Get
Get Married
Had
I Came
Marriage
Married
Same
Take
Way
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
Between
Difference
Else
Everybody
Everybody Else
Exaggeration
Gross
Love
Love Is
Person
New York is a field of tireless and antagonistic interests undoubtedly fascinating but horribly unreal. Everybody is looking at everybody else a foolish crowd walking on mirrors.
Antagonistic
Crowd
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Fascinating
Field
Foolish
Horribly
Interests
Looking
Mirrors
New
New york
She was trusted and valued by her father, loved and courted by all dogs, cats, children, and poor people, and slighted and neglected by everybody else.
Cats
Children
Dogs
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Father
Her
Loved
Neglected
People
Poor
Poor people
She
For years, I thought I simply didn't dream. I felt left out. Everybody else had a thing I didn't have.
Dream
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Felt
Had
Left
Out
Simply
Thing
Thought
Years
You see, I was told stories, we were all told stories as kids in Nigeria. We had to tell stories that would keep one another interested, and you weren't allowed to tell stories that everybody else knew. You had to dream up new ones.
Allowed
Another
Dream
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Had
Interested
Keep
Kids
Knew
New
New ones
Nigeria
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
American
Country
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Means
White
Pink Floyd are one of a handful of bands I've listened to a lot and whose concerts I've been to. I love the experience. I don't dance; I just jig up and down like everybody else.
Bands
Been
Concerts
Dance
Down
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Experience
Floyd
Handful
I love
Just
Like
All my life I've tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it.
All my life
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Height
Hide
Life
My life
Out
Stood
Taller
Than
Tried
Try
One of the ridiculous aspects of being a poet is the huge gulf between how seriously we take ourselves and how generally we are ignored by everybody else.
Aspects
Being
Between
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Generally
Gulf
How
Huge
Ignored
Ourselves
Poet
Ridiculous
I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
America
Does
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Gotta
I love
Judged
Just
Like
Love
Say
Will
Like everybody else, I've had relationships in which I was passionately in love but was completely miserable all the time and didn't trust the person I was in love with one inch.
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Had
Inch
Like
Love
Miserable
Passionately
Person
Relationships
Time
Trust
Which
I love criminal law. It must be the Dostoyevskian streak in me. I'm fascinated by the accumulation of forces that make people behave in ways that everybody else hates.
Accumulate
Behave
Criminal
Criminal law
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Fascinated
Forces
Hates
I love
Law
Love
Make
I'm alive today, therefore I'm just as much a part of our time as everybody else. The times will just have to enlarge themselves to make room for me, won't they, and for everybody else.
Alive
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Just
Just as much
Make
Me
Much
Our
Our time
Part
Room
Themselves
Also, I need deadlines, just like everybody else, especially coming from magazines, newspapers, and stuff like that. I need daily or weekly deadlines to get stuff done, or I continue to do things and not go off on a year of unproductivity.
Also
Coming
Continue
Daily
Deadlines
Done
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Get
Go
Just
Like
Magazines
I was trying to find out what it was that everybody else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Find
Giving
Giving up
Lack
Out
Stubborn
Trying
Understanding
Understood
Up
Without
If I do a play, it's my vision, and everybody else is working on the production to support that. If I do an opera, I feel like part of my job is to support that composer, to try and create something that allows the composer to do his or her best work. In movies, it's usually the director.
Best
Best work
Composer
Create
Director
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Feel
Her
His
I feel
I feel like
Job
I'm greedy and ambitious like everybody else.
Ambitious
Else
Everybody
Everybody else
Greedy
Like
I'd rather live my life off screen and give only a certain amount of energy to the work.
Amount
Certain
Energy
Give
Life
Live
My Life
Off
Only
Rather
Screen
Work
My life, in some ways, has been a half-measure. I didn't commit myself all the way to my marriage and family, because I would have given up more. And I didn't go all the way with just being completely selfish. I always wonder where my career would be if I was more selfish.
Always
Because
Been
Being
Career
Commit
Family
Given
Go
Has-Been
Just
Life
Marriage
More
Your whole life is on the other side of the glass. And there is nobody watching.
Glass
Life
Nobody
Other
Side
Watching
Whole
Your
I did not have a happy family life a few years ago. I was divorced, and I was very alienated from my daughter, and I was out there cutting every ribbon and running around New York hosting events for different causes to supplant my loss because I didn't have a family to go home to. Now I don't want to be Mr. Show Business anymore.
Alienated
Anymore
Around
Because
Business
Causes
Cutting
Daughter
Did
Different
Divorced
Events
Every
Family
My whole life is classical now. Except my wife. I don't have a classical wife. I have a classy wife, but I don't have a classical wife.
Classical
Classy
Except
Life
Now
Whole
Wife
Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
Elsewhere
Generally
Happens
Life
Something
Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
Amount
Answering
Fundamental
Judging
Life
Living
Philosophy
Question
Whether
Worth
Worth Living
Only when a man's life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy.
Dare
End
Happy
Him
Life
Man
Only
Pronounce
Prosperity
We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
Continue
Die
Knew
Life
Our
Ourselves
Perfectly
Personality
Shape
Should
What good is it to live a life that brings pains?
Brings
Good
Life
Live
Pains
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
Big
Big City
City
Desert
Life
Means
Nowadays
Only
Our
Remedy
Society
Suggest
Within
Would
I'd somehow always thought of the classics of literature as something apart from me, something to do with academic life and not something you enjoyed.
Academic
Always
Apart
Classics
Enjoyed
Life
Literature
Me
Somehow
Something
Thought
You
I can't complain that I've had a public all through my writing life, but people don't quite know what I've written. People don't read you too closely. Perhaps, after I've died, they'll look at my stuff, and read it through, and find there's more in it. That may be wrong, but that's what I comfort myself with.
After
Closely
Comfort
Complain
Died
Find
Had
Know
Life
Look
May
More
Myself
People
Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.
Anarchy
Beneath
Despot
Excellence
Given
God
Lies
Life
Middle
Neither
Nor
Praise
Should
You
Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.
Box
Key
Life
Like
Looking
It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
Being
Combination
Dumb
Life
Super
Unpredictable
You
Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life. It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male right of access to women.
Access
Also
Attack
Both
Breaking
Compulsory
Direct
Existence
Indirect
Lesbian
Life
Male
Rejection
Right
I know some people who live this much more insulated life in Los Angeles, where their feet never touch public ground. They walk out of their bathroom, their living room, they get into their garage, their car, and the next thing you know, they're at the valet parking of the restaurant or the store or the office. They're in a bubble the whole time.
Angeles
Bathroom
Bubble
Car
Feet
Garage
Get
Ground
Know
Life
Live
Living
Living Room
Los
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Be Happy
Consists
Continue
Happiness
Happy
Life
Live
Looking
Meaning
Meaning Of
Meaning Of Life
Never
Search
Will
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is.
Die
Find
God
Life
Live
My Life
Out
Rather
Than
Would
There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups... but they're coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
Avoiding
Being
Combination
Coming
Could
Dumb
Headed
I Wish
Life
Some
Super
Tell
Trick
Unpredictable
My children are the only thing in my life that makes me happy.
Children
Happy
Life
Makes
Me
My Life
Only
The Only Thing
Thing
It's good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully, like we're friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for.
Actually
Audience
Beyond
Communicate
Friends
Good-Bye
Life
Like
Paid
Public
Public Life
Try
Way
Work
Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
Dies
Goes
Life
Rotten
Soulless
Without
Work
I've had a relatively charmed life. I loved to be out in the city. New York was my town. I've had people come up to me and say, 'You're a great New Yorker. You've given your time and money to so many New York charities. You're a great supporter of the arts. I like some of your movies - and some of your movies suck, actually.'
Actually
Arts
Charities
Charmed
City
Come
Given
Great
Had
Life
Like
Loved
Many
Me
Working conditions for me have always been those of the monastic life: solitude and frugality. Except for frugality, they are contrary to my nature, so much so that work is a violence I do to myself.
Always
Been
Conditions
Contrary
Except
Frugality
Life
Me
Much
Myself
Nature
Solitude
Those
Violence
The rules of drama are very much separate from the properties of life. I think that's especially true of Shakespeare.
Drama
I Think
Life
Much
Properties
Rules
Separate
Shakespeare
Think
True
Very
Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that's what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.
Absurdity
Basically
Because
Bottom
Defeat
Gives
Joy
Life
Living
Maybe
More
Only
Our
The Only Thing
It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.
Away
Give
Life
Little
Lose
Normal
Order
I haven't changed, but public life has. It used to be you'd go into a restaurant, and the owner would say, 'Do you mind if I take a picture of you and put it on my wall?' Sweet and simple. Now, everyone has a camera in their pocket.
Camera
Changed
Everyone
Go
Life
Mind
Now
Owner
Picture
Pocket
Public
Public Life
Put
Restaurant
The campaign finance scandal in America is the global warming of American political life - with cash substituting for deadly solar radiation.
America
American
Campaign
Campaign Finance
Cash
Deadly
Finance
Global
Global Warming
Life
Political
Political Life
Radiation
Scandal
There is no love of life without despair of life.
Despair
Life
Love
No Love
Without