Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.
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Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free.
Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.
The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate.
The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.
There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.
In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults.
In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her?
Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.