Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go.
There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go - if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.
The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.
All men are Jews, though few men know it.
The wild begins where you least expect it, one step off your normal course
First drafts are for learning what your story is about.
Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
Life is a tragedy full of joy.
Of course it would cost something, but he was an expert in cutting corners; and when there were no more corners left he would make circles rounder.
The past exudes legend: one can't make pure clay of time's mud. There is no life that can be recaptured wholly; as it was.Which is to say that all biography is ultimately fiction.
You see in others who you are.
Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.
The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.
A man has to construct, invent, his freedom.
Somewhere I put it this way: first drafts are for learning what one’s fiction wants him to say. Revision works with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea, to reform it. Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
Those who write about life, reflect about life. you see in others who you are.
The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly.
First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about. Revision is working with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea, to re-form it.... The first draft of a book is the most uncertain-where you need guts, the ability to accept the imperfect until it is better.
We didn't starve, but we didn't eat chicken unless we were sick, or the chicken was
Where to look if you've lost your mind?
A man is an island in the only sense that matters, not an easy way to be. We live in mystery, a cosmos of separate lonely bodies, men, insects, stars. It is all loneliness and men know it best.
You could not pity anything if you weren't a man; pity was a surprise to God. It was not his invention.
A writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a highly critical eye.
What suffering has taught me is the uselessness of suffering.
In my dreams I ate and I ate my dreams.
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