It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
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Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.
I wanted to highlight that whole dreadful process in book publishing that 'nothing succeeds like success.'
There was a time when young people respected learning and literature and now they don't.
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
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.
Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.
What the feminists want of me is something they haven't examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness.
There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.
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.
When you're young you think that you're going to sail into a lovely lake of quietude and peace. This is profoundly untrue.
I really have a great deal of humility in that department, and a great deal of respect for people who spend their lives learning how to make these amazing preparations.
Being on your own would be sad, sick and weird. I don't trust myself. I need that balance.
People who build family businesses are not classically trained. They have to deal with an enormous amount of politics. You think corporate politics are tough? Go work for your dad or your mom.
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time.
If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics - a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage - surely that proves that you are in the right?
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.
The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.
When I was growing up in Mississippi - it was good Southern food... but I also grew up with a Greek family when other kids were eating fried okra, we were eating steamed artichokes. So I think it played a big part in my healthy cooking.
It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.