Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.
The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you.
Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.
I'm hostile to men, I'm hostile to women, I'm hostile to cats, to poor cockroaches, I'm afraid of horses.
Culture's worth huge, huge risks. Without culture we're all totalitarian beasts.
Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.
What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.
Each day a few more lies eat into the seed with which we are born, little institutional lies from the print of newspapers, the shock waves of television, and the sentimental cheats of the movie screen.
Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer.
I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.
The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.
The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world.
Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment.
Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.
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