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" All literature is an effort at the formal character of the epigram. "
" All poets' wives have rotten lives Their husbands look at them like knives. "
" Order and disorder, form and formless must have profound psychological roots, nervous roots. "
" Existentialism means that no one else can take a bath for you. "
" Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again. "
" In dreams begin responsibilities. "
" To be the child of immigrants from Eastern Europe is in itself a special kind of experience; and an important one to an author. He has heard two languages through childhood, the one spoken with ease at home, and the other spoken with ease in the streets and at school, but spoken poorly at home. "
" Sometimes even paranoids have enemies. "
" Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love. "
" The Jew is at once alienated and indestructible; he is in exile from his own country and in exile even from himself, yet he survives the annihilating fury of history. "
" I always cause those who are near to me more suffering than pleasure. "
" I admired my father very much... at the age of sixteen. But now I see that he was a brutal and cruel man, - but not without remorse, and that was what tortured us, his alternations. "
" Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn. "
" I am of Russian-Jewish distraction. "
" What was the freedom to which the adult human being rose in the morning, if each act was held back or inspired by the overpowering ghost of a little child? "