Existentialism means that no one else can take a bath for you.
Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.
The Jew is at once alienated and indestructible; he is in exile from his own country and in exile even from himself, yet he survives the annihilating fury of history.
Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love.
What was the freedom to which the adult human being rose in the morning, if each act was held back or inspired by the overpowering ghost of a little child?
Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.
In dreams begin responsibilities.
Even paranoids have real enemies.
I am of Russian-Jewish distraction.
All poets' wives have rotten lives Their husbands look at them like knives.
I always cause those who are near to me more suffering than pleasure.
Order and disorder, form and formless must have profound psychological roots, nervous roots.
Sometimes even paranoids have enemies.
To be the child of immigrants from Eastern Europe is in itself a special kind of experience; and an important one to an author. He has heard two languages through childhood, the one spoken with ease at home, and the other spoken with ease in the streets and at school, but spoken poorly at home.
All literature is an effort at the formal character of the epigram.
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