Thomas Wolfe

United States writer who has written extensively on American culture (born in 1931) United States writer best known for his autobiographical novels (1900-1938)

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A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
If a man has talent and can't use it, he's failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know.
If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded and has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.
It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.
Le Corbusier was the sort of relentlessly rational intellectual that only France loves wholeheartedly, the logician who flies higher and higher in ever-decreasing circles until, with one last, utterly inevitable induction, he disappears up his own fundamental aperture and emerges in the fourth dimension as a needle-thin umber bird.
Making the world safe for hypocrisy.
Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -- that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.
The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened.
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.
There are some people who have the quality of richness and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch. It is first of all a physical quality; then it is a quality of the spirit.
We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past.
You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.

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