"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."
"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
"Achievement brings its own anticlimax."
"I could fall in love with a Sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn't have to translate."
"There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth."
"I don't think there's such a thing as autobiographical fiction. If I say it happened, it happened, even if only in my mind."
"And if a person is religious, I think it's good, it helps you a bit. But if you're not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe."
"At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself."
"I long for the time when all human history is taught as one history, because it really is."
"It's still scary every time I go back to the past. Each morning, my heart catches. When I get there, I remember how the light was, where the draft was coming from, what odors were in the air. When I write, I get all the weeping out."
"In all my work, I try to say--'You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?'"