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.
The wild begins where you least expect it, one step off your normal course
First drafts are for learning what your story is about.
... 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.
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.
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.
Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.
You see in others who you are.
The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.
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.
The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly.
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.
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.
Prufrock had measured out his life with measuring spoons; Dubin, in books resurrecting the lives of others.
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.
If you ever forget you are a Jew a goy will remind you.
The past exudes legend: one can't make pure clay of time's mud.
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