I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you - it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.
A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends.
What I was utterly convinced of, and still am, is the idea that the only responsibility the free intellectual has is vis-a-vis himself. He is not responsible to either a political party or a ruler.
Was our life nothing more than a sequence of anonymous screams in a desert of indifferent stars?
I try to have reasonably happy endings because I would hate any child to be cast down in gloom and despair; I want to show them you can find a way out of it.
Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.
Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
I was given a dictionary when I was seven, and I read it because I had nothing else to read. I read it the way you read a book.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
No one can be as calculatedly rude as the British, which amazes Americans, who do not understand studied insult and can only offer abuse as a substitute.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality.
Writing is a miracle. You can travel anywhere in the world, to any time and any place — and still be home in time to have dinner.
There are mythic patterns under all of our lives. Each one of us, often unbeknownst to ourselves, is engaged in a drama of soul that is not reserved only for gods, heroes, and saints. Story is one bridge between the human realm and the divine.
Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.
I would never be part of anything. I would never really belong anywhere, and I knew it, and all my life would be the same, trying to belong, and failing. Always something would go wrong. I am a stranger and I always will be, and after all I didn’t really care.
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
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