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.
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.
I do not gather things, I prefer to rent them rather than to possess them.
Take a look at the books other people have in their homes.
Like nature, our economic system remains, in the long run, stable and rational...We welcome the inevitable seasons of our economy! How foolish of us.
Take whatever you can from others, and when there is nothing left, forget about them.
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
The popular culture says . . . Do what you do, your life is predestined, like the installment plan on your house. There's not much you can do about it. Make your payments, live it, get sick, die, don't make any trouble. It is the Master Charge of destiny. Try to get your high credit rating.
Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.
Going around under an umbrella interferes with one's looking up at the sky.
I always have a sense of trembling, but so does a compass, after all.
You don't die in the United States, you underachieve.
Travel gives me the opportunity to walk through the sectors of cities where one can clearly see the passage of time.
There are many types of participation. One can observe so intensely that one becomes part of the action, but without being an active participant.
There's a place beyond words where experience first occurs to which I always want to return. I suspect that whenever I articulate my thoughts or translate my impulses into words, I am betraying the real thoughts and impulses which remain hidden.
It seems that what I really want is a drug that will increase my consciousness of others, not myself.
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.
All my life I've been hiding.
- 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.
When people claim to know who I am, I can no longer act freely.
There must be no worse punishment to a totalitarian nation than the withdrawal of capital.
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.
I am curious about grownups, not children.
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