It is the want to know the end that makes us believe in God, or witchcraft, believe, at least, in something.
When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely.
Well, I'm about as tall as a shotgun, and just as noisy.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
I like to talk on TV about those things that aren't worth writing about.
Writing stopped being fun when I discovered the difference between good writing and bad and, even more terrifying, the difference between it and true art. And after that, the whip came down.
The quietness of his tone italicized the malice of his reply.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends.
Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.
Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it would be precisely like a novel, with a single difference: Every word of it would be true from beginning to end.
All literature is gossip.
Fame is only good for one thing - they will cash your check in a small town.