All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary
Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you’ll know you’re dead.
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
Topics: One liners
I wrote because I had to. I couldn’t stop. There wasn’t anything else I could do. If no one ever bought anything, anything I ever did, I’d still be writing. It’s beyond a compulsion.
Topics: Talents, Abilities, Work
Every artist has a basic premise pervading his whole life, and that premise can provide the impulse to everything he creates. For me the dominating premise has been the need for understanding and tenderness and fortitude among individuals trapped by circumstance.
When I stop (working), the rest of the day is posthumous. I’m only really alive when I’m working.
Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
Topics: Luxury, Success & Failure, Success
Oh, Jacques, we’re used to each other, we’re a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so we’ve grown used to each other. That’s what passes for love at this dim, shadowy end of the Camino Real.
Guilt is universal.
A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.
I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.
Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.
You’ve got many refinements. I don’t think you need to worry about your failure at long division. I mean, after all, you got through short division, and short division is all that a lady ought to be called on to cope with.
Everyone says he’s sincere, but everyone isn’t sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he’s sincere there wouldn’t be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones!
The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It’s inflammatory.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- William Motter Inge American Playwright
- Marsha Norman American Playwright
- Thornton Wilder American Novelist, Dramatist
- Lillian Hellman American Playwright
- Arthur Miller American Playwright
- Langston Hughes American Poet, Writer
- Clare Boothe Luce American Playwright
- William Saroyan American Playwright, Novelist
- Edna St. Vincent Millay American Poet
- Natalie Clifford Barney American Playwright