Leslie Schwartz is the author of two award-winning novels: Jumping the Green and Angels Crest, which is now a major motion picture. She has also published numerous short stories, articles, and essays, and is the founder of the literary magazine Charlotte: A Journal of Literature and Art.
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. — Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress. — Philip Roth
Writers are always selling somebody out. — Joan Didion
Migration is the story of my body. — Victor Hernández Cruz
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.— Virginia Woolf
We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. — Toni Morrison
If you silence yourself, if you try to be good, if you try to be polite, or toe a party line, you end up paying for that in the long run. You pay for it . . . with your homeland, or with your soul, or with your artistic vision. — Diana Abu-Jaber