Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.
You make what seems a simple choice: choose a man or a job or a neighborhood- and what you have chosen is not a man or a job or a neighborhood, but a life.
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.
A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.
It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
At fourteen you don't need sickness or death for tragedy.
Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
The conversation of two people remembering, if the memory is enjoyable to both, rocks on like music or lovemaking. There is a rhythm and a predictability to it that each anticipates and relishes.
Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.
It is the loving, not the loved, woman who feels loveable.
If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one.
People who keep journals have life twice
The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
It is not easy to be solitary unless you are also born ruthless. Every solitary repudiates someone.
Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free.
With enough libraries, all content is free.
There is no royal path to good writing; and such paths as exist do not lead through neat critical gardens, various as they are, but through the jungles of self, the world, and of craft.
A good time for laughing is when you can.
A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.
The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate.
If you train people properly, they won't be able to tell a drill from the real thing. If anything, the real thing will be easier.
In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her?
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