Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.
Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling and havoc-wreaking.
A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
There is no truth. There is only perception.
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
Topics: Virtues, Courage
One mustn’t allow acting to be like stockbroker—you must not take it just as a means of earning a living, to go down every day to do a job of work. The big thing is to combine punctuality, efficiency, good nature, obedience, intelligence, and concentration with an unawareness of what is going to happen next, thus keeping yourself available for excitement.
Success as I see it, is a result, not a goal.
Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.
It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating. Today, for instance, as man and woman, both lover and mistress, I rode in a forest on autumn afternoon under the yellow leaves, and I was also the horses, the leaves, the wind, the words my people uttered, even the red sun that made them almost close their love-drowned eyes. When I brood over these marvelous pleasures I have enjoyed, I would be tempted to offer God a prayer of thanks if I knew he could hear me. Praised may he be for not creating me a cotton merchant, a vaudevillian, or a wit.
Topics: Authors & Writing
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
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