"In a self-interview in 1956, Robert Penn Warren asked himself, 'Are you a gradualist on the matter of segregation?' To which he answered: 'If by gradualist you mean a person who would create delay for the sake of delay, then no. If by gradualist you mean a person who thinks it will take ... time for an educational process, preferably a calculated one, then yes.... It's a silly question, anyway, to ask if somebody is a gradualist. Gradualism is all you'll get. History, like nature, knows no jumps. Except the jump backward, maybe.'"
—Jon Meacham, "The System's Not to Blame; We Are," Newsweek, Feb. 22, 2010