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.
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.
The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
I was pushing myself to extremes in order to discover my many selves.
In my photographs it is apparent that there was no posing at the moment I released the shutter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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