It is impossible to go through life without trust That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.
A major character has to come somehow out of the unconscious.
When you visualized a man or woman carefully, you could always begin to feel pity -- that was a quality God's image carried with it. When you saw the lines at the corners of the eyes, the thape of the mouth, how the hair grew, it was impossible to hate. Hate was just a failure of imagination.
The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn't thought about. At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him.
People talk about the courage of condemned men walking to the place of execution: sometimes it needs as much courage to walk with any kind of bearing towards another person's habitual misery.
Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim
You think it more difficult to turn air into wine than to turn wine into blood?
When we are not sure, we are alive.
The economy of a novelist is a little like that of a careful housewife who is unwilling to throw away anything that might perhaps serve its turn.
One of the things which danger does to you after a time is -, well, to kill emotion. I don't think I shall ever feel anything again except fear. None of us can hate anymore - or love.
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt
They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness.
Happiness is never really so welcome as changelessness
Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.
Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.
Media is a word that has come to mean bad journalism
A movie is not a book. If the source material is a book, you cannot be too respectful of the book. All you owe to the book is the spirit.
The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.
The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You're there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see -- every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.
My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.
Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition
Rocinante was of more value for a true traveller than a jet plane. Jet planes were for business men.
There's nothing so heavy as books, sir--unless it's bricks.