The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.
One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.
Put it off for a bit. All life is putting off. Well, not entirely.
Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.
I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong.
I chart a little first-list of names, rough synopsis of chapters, and so on. But one daren't overplan; so many things are generated by the sheer act of writing.
Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.
It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.
The purpose of education is to fit us for life in a civilised community, and it seems to follow from the subjects we study that the two most important things in civilised life are Art and Science.
It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.
Hitler was a teetotalitarian.
We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.
Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?
When a man cannot chose, he ceases to be a man.
Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers?
The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
...We're a government that believes in everybody having the illusion of free will.
There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters.
Only in England is the perversion of language regarded as a victory for democracy.
Beckett does not believe in God, though he seems to imply that God has committed an unforgivable sin by not existing.
It's always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you're going.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
The practice of fiction can be dangerous: it puts ideas into the head of the world.
Blessed tree and blessed birds, that were to be neither saved nor damned.
Literature ceases to be literature when it commits itself to moral uplift; it becomes moral philosophy or some such dull thing.
When the State withers, humanity flowers.
But what I do I do because I like to do.
Language exists less to record the actual than to liberate the imagination.
If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.
There is a satisfactory boniness about grammar which the flesh of sheer vocabulary requires before it can become a vertebrate and walk the earth.
Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.
All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else.
Where do I come into all of this? Am I just some animal or dog?' And that started them off govoreeting real loud and throwing slovos at me. So I creeched louder still, creeching: 'Am I just to be like a clockwork orange?
Reviewers do not read books with much care . . . their profession is more given to stupidity and malice and literary ignorance even than the profession of novelist.
To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.
Delimitation is always difficult. The world is one, life is one. The sweetest and most heavenly of activities partake in some measure of violence - the act of love, for instance; music, for instance.
If you expect the worst from a person you can never be disappointed.