It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.
The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.
The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate
Justice is a terrible but necessary thing
Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.
A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
If you train people properly, they won't be able to tell a drill from the real thing. If anything, the real thing will be easier.
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.