There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
Human nature is not black and white but black and grey.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
He felt the loyalty we feel to unhappiness - the sense that is where we really belong.
The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You're there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see - every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.
The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn't thought about. At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him.
Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.
They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness.
Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil - or else an absolute ignorance.
Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.
Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism.
Unhappiness in a child accumulates because he sees no end to the dark tunnel. The thirteen weeks of a term might just as well be thirteen years.
No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.
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