A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death.
I've seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else if it hurt bad enough and once they were dead their patriotism was only good for legends; it was bad for their prose and made them write bad poetry. If you are going to be a great patriot i.e. loyal to any existing order of government (not one who wishes to destroy the existing for something better) you want to be killed early if your life and works won't stink.
Man is not made for defeat.
Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thy will be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee.
When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.
Category: Public Office
Having books published is very destructive to writing. It is even worse than making love too much. Because when you make love too much at least you get a damned clarte that is like no other light. A very clear and hollow light.
Category: Publishing And Publishers
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end
I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.
Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.
The rich were dull and they drank too much or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Julian and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, ''The very rich are different from you and me.'' And how someone had said to Julian, ''Yes, they have more money.''
They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.
Category: Sense Of Humor
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
Category: Story And Story-Telling
I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made.