When there's a war, people get married.
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What the feminists want of me is something they haven't examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness.
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.
Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.
I wanted to write about my mother as she should have been if she had not been messed up by World War I.
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 hate Iran. I hate the Iranian government. It's a cruel and evil government.
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.
There's an unconscious bias in our society: girls are wonderful boys are terrible. And to be a boy, or young man, growing up, having to listen to all this, it must be painful.
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
In many respects, the United States is a great country. Freedom of speech is protected more than in any other country. It is also a very free society.
I'm prepared to spend the rest of my life playing clubs, if that means I'm playing music that I believe in.
Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science.
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
Every speaker has a mouth An arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it's filled with wisdom. Sometimes it's filled with feet.
My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn't have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don't be afraid to fail.
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
God will never tell us to do something that gratifies the flesh.