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"If one is going to write about war, self respect demands that one."

"Failure too is a form of death."

"Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation."

"You think it more difficult to turn air into wine than to turn wine into blood?"

"Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully."

"My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane."

"The economy of a novelist is a little like that of a careful housewife who is unwilling to throw away anything that might perhaps serve its turn."

"A major character has to come somehow out of the unconscious."

"The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn't thought about. At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him."

"Heresy is another word for freedom of thought."

"If one is going to write about war, self respect demands that one"

"Sentimentality - that's what we call the sentiment we don't share."

"They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness."

"The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths."

"Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm."

"He entered the territory of lies without a passport for return."

"At the end of what is called the "sexual life" the only love which has lasted is the love which has everything, every disappointment, every failure and every betrayal, which has accepted even the sad fact that in the end there is no desire so deep as the simple desire for companionship."

"We mustn't complain too much of being comedians - it's an honorable profession. If only we could be good ones the world might gain at least a sense of style. We have failed - that's all. We are bad comedians, we aren't bad men."

"When we are not sure, we are alive."

"Unhappiness in a child accumulates because he sees no end to the dark tunnel. The thirteen weeks of a term might just as well be thirteen years."

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