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" An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools. "
" I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around. "
" A writer of fiction is really... a congenital liar who invents from his own knowledge or that of other men. "
" Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth. "
" A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book. "
" There is no friend as loyal as a book. "
" There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it. "
" No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one. "
" Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. "
A. A. Milne
" His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. "
" There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges. "
" When I am working on a book or a story, I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you, and it is cool or cold, and you come to your work and warm as you write. "
" I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know? "
" Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. "
" I rewrote the ending to 'Farewell to Arms,' the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied. "
" Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear, and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses, he will endure or be forgotten. "
" The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. "
" My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. "
" I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after. "
" For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed. "
" Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. "
" A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl. "
" The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. "
" I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. "
" We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. "
" Time is the least thing we have of. "
" As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. "
" A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether. "
Roy H. Williams
" Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat - no matter who killed the meat for him. "
" Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts. "
" Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it. "