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.
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.
Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
Life is a tragedy full of joy.
You see in others who you are.
Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.
The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.
The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly.
Those who write about life, reflect about life. you see in others who you are.
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.
... we are all terribly alone no matter what people say.
The past exudes legend: one can't make pure clay of time's mud.
I sometimes confuse myself with the little I know.
Completed, most lives were alike in stages of living-joys, celebrations, crises, illusions, losses, sorrows.
A man had to learn, it was his nature.
There is in the darkness a unity, if you will, that cannot be achieved in any other environment, a blending of self with what the self perceives, and exquisite mystical experience.
As long as a man stays alive he can't tell what chances will pop up next. But a dead man signs no checks.
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