Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge’s chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.
Things start as hopes and end up as habits.
Freedom costs you a great deal.
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
Unjust. How many times I’ve used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don’t have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice.
People change and forget to tell each other.
For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.
They’re fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Topics: Writers, Authors & Writing, Listening, Writing
What a luxury it is to spend time with old friends … talking, as old friends should talk, about nothing, about everything.
Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America.
Topics: Intellectuals, Intelligence
Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier.
The past with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.
Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do.
Topics: Reason, Instincts, Decisions
Was it always my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success became an accident and failure seemed the only truth?
Topics: Blessings, Success & Failure, Bad Times
Nobody knows what you want except you. And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get it. Wanting some other way to live is proof enough of deserving it. Having it is hard work, but not having it is sheer hell.
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