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"I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me."

"I kissed her hard and held her tight and tried to open her lips; they were closed tight."

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use."

"The great thing is to last and get your work done and see and hear and learn and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before; and not too damned much after."

"All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened."

"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists."

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places."

"Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre."

"As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary."

"I wish I could write well enough to write about aircraft. Faulkner did it very well in Pylon but you cannot do something someone else has done though you might have done it if they hadn't."

"To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years."

"Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination."

"God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers."

"Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts."

"A man can be destroyed but not defeated."

"That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward."

"There is no friend as loyal as a book"

"Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat - no matter who killed the meat for him."

"You write a book like that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer."

"Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up."

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