Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse.
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All my friends' mothers were appalling women.
I wanted to write about my mother as she should have been if she had not been messed up by World War I.
September 11 was terrible but, if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn't that terrible.
We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.
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.
I wanted to highlight that whole dreadful process in book publishing that 'nothing succeeds like success.'
What really fascinates me is this need that is so strong now that if you read a work of the imagination you instantly have to say, 'Oh, what this really is is so-and-so,' reducing it to a simple formula.
Men are restless, adventurous. Women are conservative - despite what current ideology says.
Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.
Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.
It is in Rousseau's writing above all that history begins to turn from upper-class honour to middle-class humanitarianism. Pity, sympathy and compassion lie at the centre of his moral vision. Values associated with the feminine begin to infiltrate social existence as a whole, rather than being confined to the domestic sphere.
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
Simple steps are complex when manouvering.
A woman can't be alone. She needs a man. A man and a woman support and strengthen each other. She just can't do it by herself.
If I'm a lush at anything, it's food and drink. I'm not materialistic in any way, but I value food.
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
We've used up a lot of bullets. And we talk about stimulus. But the truth is, we're running a federal deficit that's 9 percent of GDP. That is stimulative as all get out. It's more stimulative than any policy we've followed since World War II.
According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.
When you make a commitment to a relationship, you invest your attention and energy in it more profoundly because you now experience ownership of that relationship.