Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.
We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.
I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us.
If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.
The adult relation to books is one of absorbing rather than being absorbed
Books in a large university library system: 2,000,000. Books in an average large city library: 10,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30,000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20,000.
The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.
To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.
Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don't know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
When we promise to love we really mean that we promise to honor a contract
If you write fiction you are, in a sense, corrupted. There's a tremendous corruptibility for the fiction writer because you're dealing mainly with sex and violence. These remain the basic themes, they're the basic themes of Shakespeare whether you like it or not.
People don't want to know. They have to be made to know. Whether they act on what they know is up to them. But they have to know.