I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
I know only two words of American slang, 'swell' and 'lousy'. I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell.
A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising. Because I keep on producing books they say there must be something wrong with this fellow.
Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.
The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes.
There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age, I missed it coming and going.
To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own - this is happiness.
The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types.
Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden, digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.
There are plenty of clever young writers. But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.
The greatest writers of this age... are aware of the mystery of our existence.
Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.
If we openly declare what is wrong with us, what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and despair will by degrees disappear.
We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
In plain words: now that Britain has told the world that she has the H-Bomb she should announce as early as possible that she has done with it, that she proposes to reject in all circumstances nuclear warfare.
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.