• When I went to school, you had to take art, you had to play an instrument. You had to play an instrument. But it's all degraded since then. I do not know what kind of nation we are that is cutting art, music, and gym out of the public-school curriculum.

    "Spike Lee Talks Obama, the End of Mookie's Brooklyn, and the Hollywood Color Line". Interview with Will Leitch, July 8, 2012.