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.
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.
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
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.
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.
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
People change and forget to tell each other.
the convictions of Hollywood and television are made of boiled money.
I wanted to see what was there for me once, what is there for me now.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
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.
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.
For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.
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.
You lose your manners when you're poor.
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.
Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in 19th-century France and England, or 20th-century Russia and America.
Nobody knows what you want except you, and no one will be as sorry as you if you don't get it.
The only good thing about [aging] is you're not dead.
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?
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 am suspicious of guilt in myself and in other people; it is usually a way of not thinking, or of announcing one's own fine sensibilities the better to be rid of them fast.
Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.
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