"The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. "
"Write if you will: but write about the world as it is and as you think it ought to be and must be..."
"I believe that one of the most sound ideas in dramatic writing is that in order to create something universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific."
"I wanted to be able to come here and speak with you on this occasion because you are young, gifted, and black…"
"Like [Charles White], I came to adolescence in a community where the steel veil of oppression which sealed our ghetto encased within it a multitude of Black folk…"
"I sit at this desk for hours and hours and sharpen pencils and smoke cigarettes and switch from play to play—Sidney, Touissant, Les Blancs and—nothing happens."
"And as of today, if I am asked abroad if I am a free citizen of the United States of America, I must only say what is true…"
“…All art is ultimately social; that which agitates and that which prepares the mind for slumber. The writer is deceived who thinks that he has some other choice."