Here was one place where I could find out who I was and what I was going to become. And that was the public library.
Life is a state of mind.
I do not gather things, I prefer to rent them rather than to possess them.
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
She seemed to belong to that pagan, primitive kingdom of birds and forests where everything was infinitely abundant, wild, blooming, and royal in its perpetual decay, death, and rebirth; illicit and clashing with the human world.
Going around under an umbrella interferes with one's looking up at the sky.
You don't die in the United States, you underachieve.
I always have a sense of trembling, but so does a compass, after all.
- Growth has its season. There are spring and summer, but there are also fall and winter. And then spring and summer again. As long as the roots are not severed, all is well and all be well.
There must be no worse punishment to a totalitarian nation than the withdrawal of capital.
There are many types of participation. One can observe so intensely that one becomes part of the action, but without being an active participant.
The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
And really the purpose of art - for me, fiction - is to alert, to indicate to stop, to say: Make certain that when you rush through you will not miss the moment which you might have had, or might still have.
When people claim to know who I am, I can no longer act freely.
I am curious about grownups, not children.
A trait which differentiated New York from European cities was the incredible freedom and ease in which life, including sexual life, could be carried on, on many levels.
Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.
Travel gives me the opportunity to walk through the sectors of cities where one can clearly see the passage of time.
I am going to put myself to sleep now for a bit longer than usual. Call it Eternity
The planned sit-down reception is an artificial forum where one is presented with a limited number of persons with whom he can hold a conversation.
It is not sex by itself that interests me, but its particular role in American consciousness, and in my own life.
I write for a certain sphere of readers in the United States who on average watch seven and a half hours of multichannel television per day.
I don't fret over lost time - I can always use the situations in a novel.
It is possible to stand around with a cocktail in one's hand and talk with everyone, which means with no one.
People say, "Well, you went on television, it enlarged your readership." It did not at all, not at all. I might as well tell you, I lost some readership, because the profound audience felt somehow bothered by my too easy manner.
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