"I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists were writing about home - if you were a woman, you were writing about being a woman - and I decided not to do that, write about what you know. That's not what I do. I went as far away from home as possible in terms of the development of my imagination."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Anna Deavere Smith on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Anna Deavere Smith on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Anna Deavere Smith on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Anna Deavere Smith on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Anna Deavere Smith on Robert Frost
"Racism has been for everyone like a horrible, tragic car crash, and we've all been heavily sedated from it. If we don't come into consciousness of this tragedy, there's going to be a violent awakening we don't want. The question is, can we wake up?"
"People who are sick, or who have been sick, or have come close to death have a lot to say - and they want you to hear it."
"Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly."
"Somehow we can't live outside the politics of race. There's something very deep in all of us, that is taught to us when we are very, very little. Which is the disrespect and fear of the other."
"I feel like my work has been my path to freedom from having grown up in a segregated environment."