I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.
It's odd being an American now. Most of us are peaceful, but here we are again, in our fifth major war of this century.
There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else.
He steps on stage and draws the sword of rhetoric, and when he is through, someone is lying wounded and thousands of others are either angry or consoled.
Across the years, in spite of everything I knew, my passion endured. Newspapers and magazines paid me to cover fights when I'd have paid my own way.
All good sports reporters know that the best stories are in the loser's locker room.
Any of us who've been newspapermen for a long time hate generalizations.
Anybody who sits and says, 'I know New York' is from out of town.
Boxing is one of those leftovers from a more primitive past that should be finished off and killed. I don't love it anymore.
Confession alone is not necessarily good for the soul.
Everybody needs an editor.
Ezra Pound was a crackpot on social and political issues, but he knew what he was talking about in matters of the written language.
For me reading a book is what I like doing, curled up in a corner in a comfortable chair.
For those without money, the road to that treasure house of the imagination begins at the public library.
Getting out any weekly magazine requires many hours of reading, choosing, discarding, and thinking beyond the obvious.
I always make a distinction between nostalgia and sentimentality. Nostalgia is genuine - you mourn things that actually happened.
I couldn't have been the novelist I was without being the journalist I was.
I don't think enough journalists read enough - literature, history. You've got to keep reading all through your career.
I like to say that journalism is the graduate school from which you never graduate.
I usually wake up at 7, 7:15, without an alarm. I hate the sound of an alarm.