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"They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves."

"Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth."

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion."

"Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view."

"People change and forget to tell each other."

"Unjust. How many times I've used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don't have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice."

"Truth made you a traitor as it often does in a time of scoundrels."

"It was an unspoken pleasure, that having come together so many years, ruined so much and repaired a little, we had endured."

"What a word is truth. Slippery, tricky, unreliable. I tried in these books to tell the truth."

"If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama."

"Tallulah was sitting in a group of people, giving the monologue she always thought was conversation."

"Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible."

"If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves."

"Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped."

"I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak."

"My father was often angry when I was most like him."

"It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour."

"It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute."

"The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be."

"We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them."

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