It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form - or else it is not art.
The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the brute.
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game and do it by watching first some high-school or small-town teams
A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative, who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth
The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers
Except among those whose education has been in the minimalist style, it is understood that hasty moral judgments about the past are a form of injustice
Of course, clothing fashions have always been impractical, except in Tahiti
Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.
If it were possible to talk to the unborn, one could never explain to them how it feels to be alive, for life is washed in the speechless real
Finding oneself was a misnomer; a self is not found but made
In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
Bad writing, it is easily verified, has never kept scholarship from being published.
Convince yourself that you are working in clay, not marble, on paper not eternal bronze: Let that first sentence be as stupid as it wishes.
Education in the United States is a passion and a paradox. Millions want it, and commend it, and are busy about it. At the same time they degrade it by trying to get it free of charge and free of work.