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I sincerely believe that if Bush and Cheney recognized the full humanity of other people`s mothers around the world, they wouldn`t commit the crimes they commit.

I see myself as a citizen of the planet. Even as a child, I always found it mindless to root for your own team. I was puzzled by the fact that people said their own team was better than other teams simply because it was theirs.

I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did, although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.

It is hard enough to make a plan for how you are going to spend an evening with somebody else. So to make a plan for how you are going to behave in 25 years seems based on a view of life that is incomprehensible to me.

I never planned to be an actor. It turned out I could make a living doing it.

My plays have been strange from the beginning, and they never got unstrange.

We`re in an emergency situation. The United States has become an absolutely terrifying country, and I would hope that I could participate in some way in stopping the horror and the brutality.

For me, a play is a form of writing which isn`t complete until it is interpreted by actors. But it`s still a form of writing. And so most of my time is spent thinking about how to write a sentence.

I don`t happen to have a sense of humor personally, so I don`t know what`s funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally. I do things, and other people laugh at them. I rarely know what the joke is supposed to be or why they`re laughing.

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