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We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable.
There’s a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the middle-aged man can’t.
I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.
The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion.
Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of…
Until the 20th century it was generally assumed that a writer had said what he had to say in his works.
Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach…
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real…
But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography.
Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.
By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved.
Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.
When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.
Sex is like money; only too much is enough.
We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.
Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of…
The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one’s obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some…
From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few.
Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.
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