Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
I think that New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and administrative center of American culture.
Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.
Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and a multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.
California's like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me.
In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.
Any artist should be grateful for a nave grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, "To hell with you."
A good American makes propaganda for whatever existence has forced him to become.
Human beings can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.