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.
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.
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
I always have a sense of trembling, but so does a compass, after all.
Going around under an umbrella interferes with one's looking up at the sky.
There are many types of participation. One can observe so intensely that one becomes part of the action, but without being an active participant.
When people claim to know who I am, I can no longer act freely.
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.
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.
Travel gives me the opportunity to walk through the sectors of cities where one can clearly see the passage of time.
Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.
The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
My choice of a life of adventure may well have been a result of the fact that action raised my blood pressure giving me enough energy to live.
Gatherings and, simultaneously, loneliness are the conditions of a writer's life.
Lovers are not snails; they don't have to protrude from their shells and meet each other halfway. Meet me within your own self.
I was pushing myself to extremes in order to discover my many selves.
Can the imagination, any more than the boy, be held prisoner ?" - from the foreword to the 1976 edition of "The Painted Bird
Banks introduced the installment plan. The disappearance of cash and the coming of the credit card changed the shape of life in the United States.
In London, the weather would affect me negatively. I react strongly to light. If it is cloudy and raining, there are clouds and rain in my soul.
I collect human relationships very much the way others collect fine art.
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.
I am going to put myself to sleep now for a bit longer than usual. Call it Eternity
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