Anna Deavere Smith – The American idea is as…

The American idea is as promising, imaginative, and full of the unexpected as the land…


“The American idea is as promising, imaginative, and full of the unexpected as the land itself. The land represents freedom – the frontier, the ability to make a new future with your own bare hands.”
-Anna Deavere Smith

David Hume – Every wise, just, and mild…

Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and…


“Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches.”
-David Hume

Andrew Motion – Those who say we should…

Those who say we should dismantle the role of Poet Laureate altogether, the trick they…


“Those who say we should dismantle the role of Poet Laureate altogether, the trick they miss is that being called this thing, with the weight of tradition behind it, and with the association of the Royal family, does allow you to have conversations and to open doors, and wallets, for the good of poetry in a way that nothing else would allow.”
-Andrew Motion