Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.
The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.
The love of truth lies at the root of much humour.
Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
Several children present me with scraps of paper for autographs: obviously don't know who I am and don't care. I sign "Jackie Collins" and they go away quite content.
The clerisy are those who read for pleasure, but not for idleness; who read for pastime but not to kill time; who love books, but do not live by books
There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
The drama may be called that part of theatrical art which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion: what is left is theater.
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
The young are often accused of exaggerating their troubles; they do so, very often, in the hope of making some impression upon the inertia and the immovability of the selfish old.
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.
The wit of a graduate student is like champagne. Canadian champagne.
Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.
A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.
Students today are a pretty solemn lot. One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth century has been to make the young old before their time.