“There are two kinds of stories, the ones you live and the ones you make up. And nobody knows the difference, and I don't ever tell which is which.
“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
“The first and most important thing of all, at least for writers today, is to strip language clean, to lay it bare down to the bone.
“But did thee feel the earth move?
“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
“[What is the definition of guts?] Grace under pressure.
“Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many 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.
“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly in the only heritage he has to leave.
an American writer of fiction who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1954 (1899-1961)
“The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.
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