Only a couple of times have I ever been to church and felt enlightened by it.
I’ve always felt that life is a novel, and part of it is written for you, and part of it is written by you. It’s up to you to write the ending, ultimately.
The most profound statements are often said in silence.
Its taken me a long time to become the person I am, for all the ugliness to fall away. The rotten flesh is gone, and the seed is there. I can touch that now.
My mother was a very literate person who had educated herself. She had an exceptional vocabulary.
I had a terrible marriage the first time around because I had no self-confidence, even though I had tremendous self-confidence.
You think about child abuse and you think of a father viciously attacking a daughter or a son, but in my family it was my mother. My mother, I would say, was a… very brutal disciplinarian.
You don’t have to die in order to make a living!
If I was in love with someone, I would get their picture out of the school yearbook and do portraits. If I was curious about sex, I would draw pictures of it. There were no books for me to look at. Then I would go find my father’s matches to burn the paper.
No matter how old you are, there’s always something good to look forward to.
Mom and Dad would stay in bed on Sunday morning, but the kids would have to go to church.
I’ve had some tremendous adventures, good and bad. It’s part of the novel, and a novel isn’t interesting if it doesn’t have some good and bad. And you don’t know what good is if bad hasn’t been a part of your life