People who get trapped in the tunnel vision of making money think that is all there is to life.
Discourse has ended in America. It's all just shouting and ranting and demonization. Do you know how the rest of the world laughs at you guys? Have you got any idea? They're just rocking with laughter night and day.
What is negotiation but the accumulation of small lies leading to advantage?
For me, temptation is life and I have a gargantuan appetite for everything.
You can collect all the plastic bottle caps you want as long as you give me the money so we can get off this death trap, find somewhere else and have tremendous fun screwing that up as well.
People really do not have time to read all the newspapers in the world and all the sites that we now commonly use on the web. There is no possibility of keeping up.
I think having a great idea is vastly overrated. I know it sounds kind of crazy and counterintuitive. I don't think it matters what the idea is, almost. You need great execution.
You'll never get rich by working for your boss.
Human beings are definitely changing the planet, but how much impact they are having on climate, I don't know and I don't care.
False praise is worse than no praise.
I hear poets complaining: 'We face what our forebears did not face. We face TV. We face radio. We face this and that.'
America is an empire. I hope you know that now. All empires, by definition, are bumbling, shambolic, bullying, bureaucratic affairs, as certain of the rightness of their cause in infancy, as they are corrupted by power in their dotage.
I cannot abide being bored.
I have one talent, and that's figuring out what people want about two minutes before they know it themselves.
You cannot be seeking yourself when you're making money.
I loathe and detest movies and television and don't watch any. I do not have the time.
I've been busy for years, buying land, often under pseudonyms, and planting trees on it. All the money is going into it when I die - and in the end I'd like to think that it will be 20 to 30,000 acres.
When you're writing, you're in a totally different zone... I can start a difficult poem and look up at the clock and see to my astonishment that three hours have passed.
'Great Expectations' has been described as 'Dickens's harshest indictment of society.' Which it is. After all, it's about money. About not having enough money; about the fever of the getting of money; about having too much money; about the taint of money.
I never sue journalists. I employ journalists. I employ too many of them. I don't sue journalists.
When I see something that's wrong, I just speak and act first and I'll take the consequences later.