"My biography of Frank Sinatra is not paean to his music but rather an illumination of the man behind the music, who once described himself as 'an 18-karat manic-depressive who lived a life of violent emotional contradictions with an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as happiness.'"
"Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities."
"The essence of humanity's spiritual dilemma is that we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another. Is there a way to erase the dilemma, to resolve the contradictions between the transcendentalist and the empiricist world views?"
"I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself."
"Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat."
"The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me."