But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
I read my own books sometimes to cheer me when it is hard to write and then I remember that it was always difficult and how nearly impossible it was sometimes.
Topics: Perseverance, Endurance, Resolve
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and the afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and places and how the weather was.
Topics: Books, Literature, Reading
Life breaks us all, but afterwards, many of us are strongest at the broken places.
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
Topics: Writers, Authors & Writing, Writing
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters.
There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
Topics: Books, Literature
All thinking men are atheists.
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.
You make your own luck, Gig. You know what makes a good loser? Practice.
Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.
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- Washington Irving American Author
- Katherine Anne Porter American Journalist
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- William Faulkner American Novelist
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison American Journalist
- Caroline Kennedy American Author