Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
Life was a damned muddle - a football game with everyone offside and the referee gotten rid of - everyone claiming the referee would have been on his side.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.
Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go by any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
No such thing as a man willing to be honest -- that would be like a blind man willing to see.
Learn young about hard work and manners - and you'll be through the whole dirty mess and nicely dead again before you know it.
No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man can store up in his ghosty heart
For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
The rhythm of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaieties, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it.