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" A big iron needle stitching the country together. "
" We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions. "
" Groan and forget it. "
" The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting. "
" Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. "
" The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate. "
" The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness. "
" I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt. "
" Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants. "
" The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future. "
" Teaching is the royal road to learning. "
" Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool's paradise when that's the only paradise he'll ever have a chance to enter. "
" You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it. "
" Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave. "
" Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free. "
" A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing. "
" A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever. "
" It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. "
" Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary. "
" If you train people properly, they won't be able to tell a drill from the real thing. If anything, the real thing will be easier. "
" A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself. "
Sense Of Humor
" Justice is a terrible but necessary thing. "
" Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract. "
" If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one. "
" Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. "