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.
All men are Jews, though few men know it.
The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.
... 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.
The wild begins where you least expect it, one step off your normal course
First drafts are for learning what your story is about.
Life is a tragedy full of joy.
Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
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.
You see in others who you are.
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.
Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.
The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.
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.
A man has to construct, invent, his freedom.
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 have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that. Suffering is what brings us towards happiness.
We're persecuted in the most civilized languages.
The past exudes legend: one can't make pure clay of time's mud.
We can't all be friends and relatives as the world is; most of us have to be strangers.
I sometimes confuse myself with the little I know.
How can we be strangers if we both believe in God?
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