The ethical task of the modern writer is to be not a creator but a destroyer - a destroyer of shallow inwardness, the consoling notion of the universally human, dilettantish creativity, and empty phrases.
Life is a movie; death is a photograph.
Etymologically, 'patient' means sufferer.
What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
The war goes on—an ache in the bones, an ache in the gut, an ache in the heart.
Most of my reading is rereading.