Love must be learned, and learned again; there is no end to it.
Most people won't realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.
Our being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.
Most people won't realise that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.
. . . all that she had had, and all that she had missed, were lost together, and were twice lost in this landslide of remembered losses.
A novel is really like a symphony where instrument after instrument has to come in at its own time, and no other.
Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.
First impressions are often signals from the deep that we should credit oftener than we do ...
Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them.
A story is like something you wind out of yourself. Like a spider, it is a web you weave, and you love your story like a child.
The thing is not to follow a pattern. Follow your own pattern of feeling and thought. The thing is to accept your own life and not try to live someone else's life. Look, the thumbprint is not like any other, and the thumbprint is what you must go by.
Love must be learned and learned again; There is no end.
Be respectful of words. They mean something.
Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good.
Could she fall so low? No, there were limits, and she believed she still knew where some of them were.
I want to go and see the world. I want to know the world like the palm of my hand.
Those who give the orders are not the ones to die The people who are doing the work and the fighting and the dying, and those who are doing the talking, are not all the same people.
Adventure is something you seek for pleasure, or even for profit, like a gold rush or invading a country;...but experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.
If I didn't know the ending of a story, I wouldn't begin. I always write my last lines, my last paragraph first, and then I go back and work towards it. I know where I'm going. I know what my goal is. And how I get there is God's grace.
It is my firm belief that all our lives we are preparing to be somebody or something, even if we don't do it consciously. And the time comes one morning when you wake up and find that you have become irrevocably what you were preparing all this time to be.
Civilization, let me tell you what it is. First the soldier, then the merchant, then the priest, then the lawyer. The merchant hires the soldier and priest to conquer the country for him. First the soldier, he is a murderer; then the priest, he is a liar; then the merchant, he is a thief; and they all bring in the lawyer to make their laws and defend their deeds, and there you have your civilization!
You waste life when you waste good food.
What we need now is endless courage.
Perhaps the habit which distinguishes civilized people from others is that of discussion, exchange of opinion and ideas, the ability to differ without quarrelling, to say what you have to say civilly and then to listen civilly to another speaker.
if we say I love you, it may be received with doubt, for there are times when it is hard to believe. Say I hate you, and the one spoken to believes it instantly, once for all. ... Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked ...
All life worth living is difficult, nobody promised us happiness; it is not a commodity you have earned, or shall ever earn. It is a by-product of brave living, and it never comes in the form we expect, or at the season we hoped for, or as the result of our planning for it ...
The past is never where you think you left it.
I will never again attempt to tell any young person what to do - the really gifted don't need advice and the others can't take it.
If you are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a political leader that someone else shall live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer, you are a suicide, too.
words can never get at the truth.
we know that the Furies do not come uninvited.
Untrained minds have always been a nuisance to the military police of orthodoxy. God-intoxicated mystics and untidy saints with only a white blaze of divine love where their minds should have been, are perpetually creating almost as much disorder within the law as outside it.
Lovemaking surely must be, for human beings at our present state of development, one of the more private enterprises. Who would want a witness to that entire self-abandonment and helplessness?
I've been called a stylist until I really could tear my hair out. And I simply don't believe in style. The style is you.
Life comes first, an art not rooted in human experience is not worth a damn, but different kinds of minds have different kinds of experience, and all I ask of any man is validity; and there should be place for every type and kind of mind.
Death is loneliness in its purest form ...
The greatest art comes out of warmth and conviction and deep feeling, but then, very few people, even geniuses, have all that.
All the old houses that I knew when I was a child were full of books, bought generation after generation by members of the family. Nobody told you to read this or not to read that.
I think I've only spent about ten percent of my energies on writing. The other ninety percent went to keeping my head above water.