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.
Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.
When I stop (working), the rest of the day is posthumous. I’m only really alive when I’m working.
Oh you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you
I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
Topics: Motivation, Motivational, Adversity, Difficulties
Talent? What is talent but the ability to get away with something?
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you’ll know you’re dead.
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: Abilities, Work, Talents
The future is called “perhaps,” which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you.
Topics: The Future, Future, Anxiety, Fear, Tomorrow
A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It’s inflammatory.
High station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
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.
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 Literary Figure