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" A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent. "
" Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature. "
" Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action. "
" The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven. "
" When we have ceased to love the stench of the human animal, either in others or in ourselves, then are we condemned to misery, and clear thinking can begin. "
" When young we are faithful to individuals, when older we grow loyal to situations and to types. "
" Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control. "
" The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence. "
" The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married. "
" Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. "
" Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. "
" Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth. "
" Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether. "
" A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends. "
" The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife. "
" Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose. "
" No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, - something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book. "
" Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness. "
" Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life. "
" The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence. "
" The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore. "
" In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female. "
" Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out. "
" All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others. "
" Youth is a period of missed opportunities. "
" Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster. "
" Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise. "
" A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out. "
" There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say. "
" Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present. "
" There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall. "