Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.
Topics: Friends and Friendship
Talent isn’t enough. You need motivation—and persistence, too: what Steinbeck called a blend of faith and arrogance. When you’re young, plain old poverty can be enough, along with an insatiable hunger for recognition. You have to have that feeling of “I’ll show them.” If you don’t have it, don’t become a writer.
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