I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.
Man will not merely endure; he will prevail.
A gentleman can live through anything.
To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.
The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.
If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.
If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate: The "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is worth any number of old ladies.
I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.
I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express clumsily in words what the pure music would have done better.
Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.
Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel. In my opinion it's the perfect milieu for an artist to work in.
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.
Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything.
It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.
Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest.