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Quote Left We are in love with the word. We are proud of it. The word precedes the formation of the state. The word comes to us from every avatar of early human existence. As writers, we are obliged more than others to keep our lives attached to the primitive power of the word. From India, out of the Vedas, we still hear: On the spoken word, all the gods depend, all beasts and men; in the world live all creatures...The word is the name of the divine world. Quote Right
Quote Left The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today. We're all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination. Quote Right
Quote Left If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist. Quote Right
Quote Left There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away. Quote Right
Quote Left America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind. Quote Right
Quote Left The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people. Quote Right
Quote Left A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped. Quote Right
Quote Left Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment. Quote Right
Quote Left Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle. Quote Right
Quote Left I had my good looks, my blond hair, my height, build, and bullfighting school, I suppose I became one of the Village equivalents of an Eagle S... Quote Right
Quote Left Decade after decade, artists came to paint the light of Provincetown, and comparisons were made to the lagoons of Venice and the marshes of Ho... Quote Right
Quote Left The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level. Quote Right
Quote Left Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men. Quote Right
Quote Left I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension. Quote Right
Quote Left I was now at a university in New York, a professor of existential psychology with the not inconsiderable thesis that magic, dread, and the per... Quote Right
Quote Left Crude thoughts and fierce forces are my state. I do not know who I am. Nor what I was. I cannot hear a sound. Pain is near that will be like n... Quote Right
Quote Left What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil. Quote Right
Quote Left Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit. Quote Right
Quote Left Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists. Quote Right
Quote Left People move forward into the future out of the way they comprehend the past. When we don't understand something in our past, we are therefore crippled. Quote Right
Quote Left The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube. Quote Right
Quote Left There is no greater impotence in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you. Quote Right
Quote Left One thing I've learned in all these years is not to make love when you really don't feel it there's probably nothing worse you can do to yourself than that. Quote Right
Quote Left In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell. Quote Right
Quote Left Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing. Quote Right
Quote Left The desire for success lubricates secret prostitution's in the soul. Quote Right
Quote Left I usually need a can of beer to prime me. Quote Right
Quote Left It's not the sentiments of men which make history but their actions. Quote Right
Quote Left There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same. Quote Right
Quote Left Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. Quote Right
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