Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
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If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind.
Our lives teach us who we are.
Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
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