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We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads.
It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them.
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.
Callous greed grows pious very fast.
Courtesy is breeding. Breeding is an excellent thing. Always remember that.
I'm good at embroidery. It's what I always wanted to do.... Yep, instead of whoring, I just wanted to do fancy embroidery.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America.
The only good thing about [aging] is you're not dead.
It was an unspoken pleasure, that having come together so many years, ruined so much and repaired a little, we had endured.
We will not think noble because we are not noble.
We will not live in beautiful harmony because there is no such thing in this world, nor should there be. We promise only to do our best and to live out our lives. Dear God, that's all we can promise in truth.
Unjust. How many times I've used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don't have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice.
The world is out of shapewhen there are hungry men.
Nobody knows what you want except you.
And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it. Wanting some other way to live is proof enough of deserving it. Having it is hard work, but not having it is sheer hell.
If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.
Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.