A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.
Be still when you have nothing to say when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art - or almost the only stuff.
My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind - intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
Tragedy is like strong acid - it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.
The war is dreadful. It is the business of the artist to follow it home to the heart of the individual fighters - not to talk in armies and nations and numbers - but to track it home.
Having achieved and accomplished love... man... has become himself, his tale is told.
The tiny fish enjoy themselves in the sea. Quick little splinters of life, their little lives are fun to them in the sea.
I am in love - and, my God, it is the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love. If you have not done so already, you are wasting your life.
The American grips himself, at the very sources of his consciousness, in a grip of care: and then, to so much of the rest of life, is indifferent. Whereas, the European hasn't got so much care in him, so he cares much more for life and living.
All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true.
Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.
The only history is a mere question of one's struggle inside oneself. But that is the joy of it. One need neither discover Americas nor conquer nations, and yet one has as great a work as Columbus or Alexander, to do.
I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams.
Money is our madness, our vast collective madness.
People always make war when they say they love peace.
In every living thing there is the desire for love.
Sex and beauty are inseparable, like life and consciousness. And the intelligence which goes with sex and beauty, and arises out of sex and beauty, is intuition.
The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.
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