She was born Sarah Breedlove on a plantation in Delta, Louisiana, where her parents had been slaves. At 14, she married to get a home of her own, to get away from a cruel brother-in-law with whom she was living. At 17, she had her only child, A'Lelia, who I'm named after.
We're living with the Arabs; we have to understand them... Through knowing the Arabs, you know yourself better.
You have to remember that I was a bright but simple fellow from Canada who seldom, if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile worked in an office for a living.
To be fair, I don't think it's a plague to say I have the misfortune of making movies for a living.
If I'm not living from my heart, I get sick.
It is remarkable how easily children and grown-ups adapt to living in a dictatorship organised by lunatics.
The concept of two people living together for 25 years without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without.
I'm continuing to learn more about music - it's an ocean, and you can never really say that you know everything. I'm grateful that I'm still living and making music among the greats.
My kids miss me when I'm away, but I don't mind living out of a suitcase. The U.K., U.S., France, Germany, Iraq... it's such a thrill meeting people of different cultures, learning about and from them. It's changed my perception about life, humanity and spirituality.