We have two lives, the life we learn with and the life we live with after that. Suffering is what brings us toward happiness.
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.
Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go.
Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.
Life is a tragedy full of joy.
If your train's on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.
The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.
You see in others who you are.
For misery don't blame God. He gives the food but we cook it.
I don't think you can do anything for anyone without giving up something of your own.
The wild begins where you least expect it, one step off your normal course
I write a book at least three times-once to understand it, the second time to improve the prose, and a third to compel it to say what it still must say.
All men are Jews, though few men know it.
In my dreams I ate and I ate my dreams.
A writer has to surprise himself to be worth reading.
No use fanning up hot coals when you have to walk across them.
First drafts are for learning what your story is about.
What suffering has taught me is the uselessness of suffering.
A man has to construct, invent, his freedom.
... we are all terribly alone no matter what people say.
Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
The past exudes legend: one can't make pure clay of time's mud.
The great thing about writing: Stay with it ... ultimately you teach yourself something very important about yourself.
I sometimes confuse myself with the little I know.
Children were strangers you loved because you could love. If they gave back love when they were grown you were ahead of the game.
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