It is better to be young in your failures than old in your successes.
I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's. But behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I'm afraid it will not be controversial.
Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.
It seems that the fiction writer has a revolting attachment to the poor, for even when he writes about the rich, he is more concerned with what they lack than with what they have.
To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.
I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.
Manners are of such great consequence to the novelist that any kind will do. Bad manners are better than no manners at all, and because we are losing our customary manners, we are probably overly conscious of them; this seems to be a condition that produces writers.
The writer can choose what he writes about but he cannot choose what he is able to make live.
The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best.
I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.
The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses that proceed from innocence.
The basis of art is truth, both in matter and in mode.
Conviction without experience makes for harshness.
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God's business.
Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.
The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.