It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.
Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.
All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone.
Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.
When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places.
Art is the triumph over chaos.
Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.
Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.
For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty.
Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.
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