If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
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.
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
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.
It's a sad day when you find out that it's not accident or time or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you.
Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
People change and forget to tell each other.
Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.
They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
You lose your manners when you're poor.
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.
Was it always in my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success becomes an accident and failure seemed the only truth?
Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty.
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.
Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.
It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.
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