Only half of writing is saying what you mean. The other half is preventing people from reading what they expected you to mean.
Nothing important comes with instructions.
What is more yours than what always holds you back?
So many times I've made myself stupid with the fear of being outsmarted.
How often feelings are circular. How embarrassing to be embarrassed. How annoying to be annoyed.
I'm sitting here bored, ... trying to remember that everything is a complete mystery.
I am not unambitious. I am just too ambitious for what you call ambitions.
Happiness, like water, is always available, but so often it seems we'd prefer a different drink.
A belief is a question we have put aside so we can get on with what we believe we have to do.
The best way to know your faults is to notice which ones you accuse others of.
The happy and the suffering probably understand life equally well, but the sufferers may see a little more clearly how little it is that they understand.
When I am trying to write I turn on music so I can hear what is keeping me from hearing.
It's amazing that I sit at my job all day and no one sees me clearly enough to say What is that boy doing behind a desk?
If you do more than your share you'd better want to: otherwise, you're paying yourself in a currency recognized nowhere else.
I'm a kid checking mail, a kid on his cell with his questions:
are we in love, Life, are we exclusive, are we forever?
How sure we are that everyone's watching. How sure we are that no one sees.
Writing is like washing windows in the sun. With every attempt to perfect clarity, you make a new smear.
There are crimes I don't commit mainly because I don't want to find out I could.
The drives were nature's first provision: thinking was added later, to get us around the world's obstacles to them.
Happiness is the readiness to be happy.
Success is whatever humiliation everyone has agreed to compete for.
The god of many cannot remain the true god.
Too much apology doubles the offense.
Books serve us simply by opening a window on all we wanted to say and feel and think about. We may not even notice that they have not said it themselves till we go back to them years later and do not find what we loved in them. You cannot keep the view by taking the window with you.
What I'm not changes more than what I am.
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