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"In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are."

"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half."

"The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes."

"Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates."

"The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return."

"A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."

"I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television."

"Never have children, only grandchildren."

"If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America, painfully brief."

"Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies."

"In writing and politicking, it's best not to think about it, just do it."

"Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age."

"Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults."

"All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself."

"Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little."

"One is sorry one could not have taken both branches of the road. But we were not allotted multiple selves."

"Miss Georgia and Mr Shaker Heights."

"The greatest pleasure when I started making money was not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to have as many freshly typed drafts as possible."

"I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another, usually five. In a way, I have nothing to say, but a great deal to add."

"What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which seems to be more and more popular: the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts, and the treating of facts as though they were opinions."

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