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" Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic. "
" When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. "
" There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. "
" It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all. "
" I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy. "
" My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. "
" Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions. "
" Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. "
" People living deeply have no fear of death. "
" We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. "
" There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. "
" A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked. "
" The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. "
" Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live. "
" We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection. "
" There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. "
" It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. "
" The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. "
" Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age. "
" I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. "
" Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings. "
" What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship? "
" The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle. "
" Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning. "
" Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat. "
" The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. "
" Dreams are necessary to life. "
" If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way. "
" We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. "
" The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless. "
" Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. "