1. 10

    There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.

    8
  2. 9

    A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.

    9
  3. 8

    A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.

    10
  4. 7

    Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.

    10
  5. 6

    We can love an honest rogue, but what is more offensive than a false saint?

    17
  6. 5

    A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.

    21
  7. 4

    Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.

    22
  8. 3

    I have done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.

    39
  9. 2

    Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.

    44
  10. 1

    A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.

    90
  11. Last Update: 6 October 2022

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