It's worth your life to order an omelette in most restaurants. You never know what you're going to get.
In my garden, after a rainfall
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
Some cities, like wrapped boxes under Christmas trees, conceal unexpected gifts, secret delights. Some cities will always remain wrapped boxes, containers of riddles never to be solved, nor even to be seen by vacationing visitors, or, for that matter, the most inquisitive, persistent travelers.
Some prisons don't allow guitar because the strings can be detached and used as weapons.
I've never had an affair with somebody who wasn't at the same time a very good friend of mine, if you see what I mean.
A man who doesn't dream is like a man who doesn't sweat. He stores up a lot of poison.
I've never been a teacher in my life.
Great fury, like great whisky, requires long fermentation.
A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.
Many universities have asked me to come for a semester but I don't want to do it because I don't have the patience.
There is nobody in the world that you can't get if you really concentrate on it, if you really want them. You've got to want it to the exclusion of everything else.
You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.
I'm one of the world's greatest pencil sharpeners.
The most dangerous thing in the world is to make a friend of an Englishman, because he'll come sleep in your closet rather than spend 10 shillings on a hotel.
Past certain ages or certain wisdoms it is very difficult to look with wonder; it is best done when one is a child; after that, and if you are lucky, you will find a bridge of childhood and walk across it.
All human life has its seasons and cycles, and no one's personal chaos can be permanent. Winter, after all, gives way to spring and summer, though sometimes when branches stay dark and the earth cracks with ice, one thinks they will never come, that spring, and that summer, but they do, and always.
I feel that all a writer has is his own experience.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
The average personality re-shapes frequently, every few years even our bodies undergo a complete overhaul-desirable or not, it is a natural thing that we should change.
I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.
Nancy clutter is always in a hurry, but she always has time. And that is the definition of a lady.
I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.
It is no shame to have a dirty face- the shame comes when you keep it dirty.
Good luck and believe me, dearest Doc - it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.
One of the most difficult things in writing a novel or anything at all is to choose the point of view from which it's going to be told.
And since gin to artifice bears the same relation as tears to mascara, her attractions at once dissembled.
Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.
You can't blame a writer for what the characters say.
Writing in the first person automatically gives you a point of view.
No one will ever know what 'In Cold Blood' took out of me. It scraped me right down to the marrow of my bones. It nearly killed me. I think, in a way, it did kill me.
The brain may take advice, but not the heart, and love, having no geography, knows no boundaries: weight and sink it deep, no matter, it will rise and find the surface.
A work of art is one of mystery, the one extreme magic; everything else is either arithmetic or biology.
Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.
Are the dead as lonesome as the living?
It's odd about tattoos. I've talked to several hundred men convicted of homicide-multiple homicide, in most cases. The only common denominate- I could find among them was tattoos. A good eighty percent of them were heavily tattooed.
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
Have you never heard what the wise man say : all of the future exists in the past.
Writing stopped being fun when I discovered the difference between good writing and bad and, even more terrifying, the difference between it and true art. And after that, the whip came down.