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" All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac. "
" A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. "
" Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately. "
" I've never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn't have a price tag on the other side. "
" No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection. "
" We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next. "
" Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps. "
" A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out. "
" A man is only as good as what he loves. "
" What is art but a way of seeing? "
" California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me on that. "
" I'm glad I haven't lived in vain. "
" There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for. "
" Happiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions. "
" People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. "
" Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. "
" If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things. "
" She was what we used to call a suicide blonde - dyed by her own hand. "
" When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice. "
" Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know what's in it - they should, because they put it all in beforehand. "
" I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture. "
" In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries. "
" Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining. "
" A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. "
" Conquered people tend to be witty. "
" A good novel is worth more than the best scientific study. "
" Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love. "
" There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war. "
" With a novelist, like a surgeon, you have to get a feeling that you've fallen into good hands - someone from whom you can accept the anesthetic with confidence. "
" You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. "