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.
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.
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.
The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
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.
It's not that you aren't likable. On the contrary. You are. It's just that one wonders if you haven't made a career out of being so likable.
Take whatever you can from others, and when there is nothing left, forget about them.
Mapplethorpe presented the body as a sexual object, separating it from the humanity of the person. He added nothing to photography as a medium. I hold his work in low regard.
The things I write are for those who are willing to accept a new relationship between the reader and the author.
Physical comfort has nothing to do with any other comfort.
I am inspired by human sexuality. The act itself is mechanical and holds little interest to me.
All my life I've been hiding.
I suppress in my prose any language which calls attention to itself.
If we reduce social life to the smallest possible unit we will find that there is no social life in the company of one.
All my father saw was what he wanted to see.
You don't die in the United States, you underachieve.
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