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.
A writer has to surprise himself to be worth reading.
The great thing about writing: Stay with it ... ultimately you teach yourself something very important about yourself.
First drafts are for learning what your story is about.
The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.
Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.
The wild begins where you least expect it, one step off your normal course
Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
You see in others who you are.
Life is a tragedy full of joy.
The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.
If your train's on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.
All men are Jews, though few men know it.
If you ever forget you are a Jew a goy will remind you.
We have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that. Suffering is what brings us towards happiness.
... it's possible to let love fly by like a cloud in a windy sky if one is too timid, or perhaps unable to believe he is entitled to good fortune.
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.
Writers who can't invent stories often substitute style for narrative. They remind me of the painter who couldn't paint people, so he painted chairs.
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.
Those who write about life, reflect about life. you see in others who you are.
The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly.
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.
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.
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