“Courage is grace under pressure.
“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
“Be fully in the moment,open yourself to the powerful energies dancing around you.
“You lose it if you talk about it.
“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.
“There's nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self.
“Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.
“Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent.
“'We're always lucky,' I said and like a fool I did not knock on wood.
an American writer of fiction who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1954 (1899-1961)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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