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A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.
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All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
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Art is the triumph over chaos.
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Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.
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Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.
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For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty.
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Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
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Homesickness is nothing Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.
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I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone.
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I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.
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I sometimes go back to walk through the ghostly remains of Sutton Place where the rude, new buildings stand squarely in one another's river views.
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It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.
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Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
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My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats.
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People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
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That's the way I remember them, heading for an exit.
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The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.
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The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.
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The organizations of men, like men themselves, seem subject to deafness, near-sightedness, lameness, and involuntary cruelty. We seem tragically unable to help one another, to understand one another.
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The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.
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What I am going to write is the last of what I have to say. I will say that literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power.
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When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places.
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Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
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Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
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