When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
Teaching has ruined more American novelists than drink.
A good deed never goes unpunished.
I'm a born-again atheist.
Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.
Of ex-President Eisenhower at the Republican convention of 1964 Reading a speech with his usual sense of discovery.
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes.
By 1948, the Italians had begun to pull themselves together, demonstrating once more their astonishing ability to cope with disaster which is so perfectly balanced by their absolute inability to deal with success
Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults.
I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults
It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America, painfully brief.
The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent.
That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself.
The idea of a good society is something you do not need a religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you are terrified of death
Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which seems to be more and more popular: the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts, and the treating of facts as though they were opinions.
Whenever a friend succeeds a little something in me dies.
What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?
Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
The theater needs continual reminders that there is nothing more debasing than the work of those who do well what is not worth doing at all.