Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
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You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
As for literary criticism in general: I have long felt that any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel or a play or a poem is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or a banana split.
Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.
Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.
A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.