We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
Courage is grace under pressure.
The great artist uses everything that has been discovered or known about his art up to that point, being able to accept or reject in a time so short it seems that the knowledge was born with him, rather than that he takes instantly what it takes the ordinary man a lifetime to know, and then the great artist goes beyond what has been done or known and makes something of his own.
Most people never listen. It’
s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
Life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
I never had to choose a subject-my subject rather chose me.
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
Never confuse movement with action.
Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all of your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas and intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.