Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.
It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them.
It's a sad day when you find out that it's not accident or time or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you.
There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. And other people who stand around and watch them eat.
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
People change and forget to tell each other.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions, even though I long ago came to the conclusion that I was not a political person and could have no comfortable place in any political group.
I live in a room and I go to work and I play a game called getting through the day while you wait for the night.
The only good thing about [aging] is you're not dead.
Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.
I wanted to see what was there for me once, what is there for me now.
Nobody knows what you want except you, and no one will be as sorry as you if you don't get it.
If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.
It doesn't pay well to fight for what we believe in.
the convictions of Hollywood and television are made of boiled money.
Was it always my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success became an accident and failure seemed the only truth?
Nowadays people write English as if a rat were caught in the typewriter and they were trying to hit the keys which wouldn't disturb it.
The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
I'm good at embroidery. It's what I always wanted to do.... Yep, instead of whoring, I just wanted to do fancy embroidery.
You lose your manners when you're poor.
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