The heart prefers to move against the grain of circumstance; perversity is the soul's very life.
Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews
How do you write women so well? I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability.
I would especially like to recourt the Muse of poetry, who ran off with the mailman four years ago, and drops me only a scribbled postcard from time to time.
There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the middle-aged man can't.
Possession diminishes perception of value, immediately
I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television is-its irresistible charm-a fire.
To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given
The creative writer uses his life as well as being its victim; he can control, in his work, the self-presentation that in actuality is at the mercy of a thousand accidents.
Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.
Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying
When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.
Suddenly summoned to witness something great and horrendous, we keep fighting not to reduce it to our own smallness.
The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.
If you have the guts to be yourself, other people'll pay your price.