The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
Topics: Secrets, Aging, Age
Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.
It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.
Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage of communism, but they don’t seem to see this.
Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
Topics: Science Fiction
If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.
All one’s life as a young woman one is on show, a focus of attention, people notice you. You set yourself up to being noticed and admired. And then, not expecting it, you become middle-aged and anonymous.
This world is run by people who know how to do things. They know how things work. They are equipped. Up there, there’s a layer of people who run everything. But we—we’re just peasants. We don’t understand what’s going on, and we can’t do anything.
Topics: Experts, Professionalism
Growing up is, after all, only the understanding that one’s unique and incredible experience is what every one shares.
I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.
It is terrible to destroy a person’s picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
It is individuals who change societies, give birth to ideas; who standing out against tides of opinion, change them.
Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.
What’s terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.
Topics: Love, Excellence, Honesty
Better Counsel comes overnight.
Laughter is by definition healthy.
Forget the long ago. We are here and we are now, and that is all. We are making a new start.
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