Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed.
Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.
I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier.
I like all my children, even the squat and ugly ones.
[T]eaching has been for me an education (Lord knows what it has been for my students).
I have a plot, but not much happens.
I think there's one thing which distinguishes our art - we don't consider. We don't think. We write a little verse because it comes to us.
I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound; but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.
For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again.
Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice.
We're not in love with Literature all the time - especially when you have to teach it every day.
A chronicle is very different from history proper.
History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with. It's one of the ways of dealing with our world with impossible generalities which we couldn't live without.
The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me.