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.
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.
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?
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.
Life is a tragedy full of joy.
First drafts are for learning what your story is about.
The wild begins where you least expect it, one step off your normal course
If your train's on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.
If the stories come, you get them written, you're on the right track. Eventually everyone learns his or her own best way. The real mystery to crack is you.
You see in others who you are.
The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.
Charity you can give even when you haven't got.
All men are Jews, though few men know it.
The great thing about writing: Stay with it ... ultimately you teach yourself something very important about yourself.
A man has to construct, invent, his freedom.
The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly.
Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
I don't think you can do anything for anyone without giving up something of your own.
The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.
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.
(Clothes) cannot change a man's nature. He's either kind or he isn't, with or without clothes.
No use fanning up hot coals when you have to walk across them.
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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