To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.
The true beloveds of this world are in their lover's eyes lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child's Sunday, lost voices, one's favorite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory.
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
It's a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year.
I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.
She is pure Alice in Wonderland, and her appearance and demeanor are a nicely judged mix of the Red Queen and a flamingo.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.
When you've got nowhere to turn, turn on the gas. , Answered Prayers (Unspoiled Monsters).
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends.
When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely.
I was eleven, then I was sixteen. Though no honors came my way, those were the lovely years.
I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it would be precisely like a novel, with a single difference: Every word of it would be true from beginning to end.
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.