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" I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action. "
" What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains. "
" Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one's own character to himself. "
" All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness. "
" Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going. "
" The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. "
" All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent. "
" When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing. "
" Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is. "
" The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite! "
" Death is one moment, and life is so many of them. "
" Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation. "
" We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal. "
" Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other. "
" You can be young without money but you can't be old without it. "
" Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. "
" In memory everything seems to happen to music. "
" Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life. "
" Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense. "
" Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you - gently, with love, and hand your life back to you. "
" We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it. "
" There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go. "
" A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace. "
" To be free is to have achieved your life. "
" We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life. "
" Success and failure are equally disastrous. "
" All good art is an indiscretion. "
" All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress. "
" The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that's true of everyone, don't you? "
" If I am no longer disturbed myself, I will deal less with disturbed people, but I don't regret having concerned myself with them because I think most of us are disturbed. "
" When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone. "