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.
Some men are by nature explorers; my nature is to stay under the same moon and stars, and if the weather is wet, under the same roof. It's a strange world, why make it stranger?
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.
A writer has to surprise himself to be worth reading.
Life is a tragedy full of joy.
The wild begins where you least expect it, one step off your normal course
The great thing about writing: Stay with it ... ultimately you teach yourself something very important about yourself.
Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.
You see in others who you are.
If you ever forget you are a Jew a goy will remind you.
All men are Jews, though few men know it.
A man has to construct, invent, his freedom.
If your train's on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.
For misery don't blame God. He gives the food but we cook it.
We have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that. Suffering is what brings us towards happiness.
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.
... 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 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.
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.
Those who write about life, reflect about life. you see in others who you are.
The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly.
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