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There was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want! It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it it got even stronger.
There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.
Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book.
All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
I have begun in old age to understand just how oddly we are all put together. We are so proud of our autonomy that we seldom if ever realize how generous we are to ourselves, and just how stingy with others. One of the booby traps of freedom which is bordered on all sides by isolation is that we think so well of ourselves. I now see that I have helped myself to the best cuts at life's banquet.
Here we write well when we expose frauds and hypocrites. We are great at counting warts and blemishes and weighting feet of clay. In expressing love, we belong among the underdeveloped countries.
The fact that there are so many weak, poor and boring stories and novels written and published in America has been ascribed by our rebels to the horrible squareness of our institutions, the idiocy of power, the debasement of sexual instincts, and the failure of writers to be alienated enough. The poems and novels of these same rebellious spirits, and their theoretical statements, are grimy and gritty and very boring too, besides being nonsensical, and it is evident by now that polymorphous sexuality and vehement declarations of alienation are not going to produce great works of art either.
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