There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for.
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me on that.
Any artist should be grateful for a na?ve grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.
All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
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