Never mistake motion for action.
Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
You're beautiful, like a May fly.
Never confuse movement with action.
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.
I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true.
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
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.
I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me.
His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.
To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
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.