Diplomacy is what is practiced after-the-fact. Never be too right too soon -- as any smart Uncle will tell you. The man who guesses what will happen will be blamed for it. No one will believe he has merely guessed.
It has always seemed to me that if you could talk about your work in fully-formed phrases, you wouldn't write it. The writing is the statement, you see, and it seems to me that the poem or the story or the novel you write is the kind of metaphor you cast on life.
I get up and I have coffee and I speak to no man and I go to my desk.
Agony without genius was gaucherie.
The words! I collected them in all shapes and sizes and hung them like bangles in my mind.
I always say that one's poetry is a solace to oneself and a nuisance to one's friends.
Women can't travel light. We're in charge of the basic facts.
This is my answer to the gap between ideas and action - I will write it out.
if you listen too hard to the technology, your ear goes deaf to its implications.
I don't suppose there's really any critic except posterity.
In a family, the same spoken lines come in over and over. Intimacy exhausts.
But memory, after a time, dispenses its own emphasis, making a feuilleton of what we once thought most ponderable, laying its wreath on what we never thought to recall.
perhaps there's no sharper spur to meditation than answered prayer.
How clerks love refusing. It salves them for being clerks.
The novel is rescued life.
A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose.
The young show the genetic process, the old merely die of it.
It took most people a lifetime to join the human race.
What I have written-and how I came to write it-is most powerfully what I am.
'Ms.' is a syllable which sounds like a bumble bee is breaking wind.
But the trek that starts with the feet always rises in time to the head. There had never been any of mankind's that didn't.
Decades go faster toward the end of a century.
First publication is a pure, carnal leap into that dark which one dreams is life.
Speech isn't for agony.
When anything gets freed, a zest goes round the world.
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