There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough.
Now,' Elias said, 'if only I didn't have to go home to my lousy wife. I married her in 1929. A lot of things've changed since 1929.' He sighed. 'What's a woman?' he asked. 'A Woman is a trap.
I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?
I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.
Critics in New York are made by their dislikes, not by their enthusiasms.
People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.
Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own.
Curiously, the United States is full of writers who have one big work in their life and that's all.
Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.
If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish.
The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises.
I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal.
In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House.