“A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
“It’s opener there in the wide open air.
“I’m one of the world’s most self-conscious people. I really have to struggle.
“If I’m a star, then the people made me a star.
“I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human.
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.
“God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
“It is hard to contend against one’s heart’s desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.
“Would a man ever be called vain for speaking his mind?
“I don’t think I represent some new category. I think I do represent kind of a freethinker.
“I’m an author. And writers write books. And writing books is a full-time career.
“Many people are despairing of the possibility of finding love. And some of the people who are despairing the most are in their thirties and forties and looking just great.
“You can’t ‘work through worry and fear rationally,’ because fear isn’t rational!
“We are material beings for but a moment in time, but we are spiritual beings forever.
“Gay men in a very real way created my career.
“Our task, in the aftermath of September 11, was and continues to be the transformation of the effects of evil into something beautiful and good.
“There’s a certain je ne sais quoi that Americans have in spades – a we-can-do-anything spirit that makes so many things possible for all of us. We’re rugged individualists, aspirational in nature, and we like to think for ourselves.
“Everyone archetypally is a parent to future generations.
“In ‘Healing the Soul of America,’ I wrote about Gandhi’s notion of soul force in politics and why it matters to stand on your truth.