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.
Going around under an umbrella interferes with one's looking up at the sky.
Take whatever you can from others, and when there is nothing left, forget about them.
Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.
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.
I always have a sense of trembling, but so does a compass, after all.
You don't die in the United States, you underachieve.
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.
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.
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
I look back into past history, the stored experiences or products of the imagination. I look no further forward than the evening.
As I go to sleep I remember what my father said-that one can never be sure if one will awake. The way my health is now, this is becoming more and more real.
Photography was the first foreign language of my artistic expression.
Physical comfort has nothing to do with any other comfort.
The things I write are for those who are willing to accept a new relationship between the reader and the author.
I do like to live in other people's homes. I enjoy being a guest. I am an inexpensive guest. When one lives in another's home he can enter into the psychic kingdom of that person.
Gatherings and, simultaneously, loneliness are the conditions of a writer's life.
I suppress in my prose any language which calls attention to itself.
I don't fret over lost time - I can always use the situations in a novel.
I am inspired by human sexuality. The act itself is mechanical and holds little interest to me.
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