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.
We have two lives, the life we learn with and the life we live with after that. Suffering is what brings us toward happiness.
Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.
... we are all terribly alone no matter what people say.
Life is a tragedy full of joy.
You see in others who you are.
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.
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.
First drafts are for learning what your story is about.
For misery don't blame God. He gives the food but we cook it.
A writer has to surprise himself to be worth reading.
Children were strangers you loved because you could love. If they gave back love when they were grown you were ahead of the game.
Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
No use fanning up hot coals when you have to walk across them.
What suffering has taught me is the uselessness of suffering.
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.
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?
It's one thing for a man not to know, not to have learned; it's another not to be able to live by what one does know.
A man has to construct, invent, his freedom.
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