No people on earth can make you feel so small as the English
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
We wanted to meet him, for though we were neither of us naive people we had not wholly lost our belief that it is delightful to meet artists who have given us pleasure.
Several children present me with scraps of paper for autographs obviously don't know who I am and don't care. I sign Jackie Collins and they go away quite content.
The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.
May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down: write down what you feel. It is sometimes a wonderful help in misery.
To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.
Comparatively few people know what a million dollars actually is. To the majority it is a gaseous concept, swelling or decreasing as the occasion suggests.
There are times when I think that the reading that I have done in the past has had no effect except to cloud my mind and make me indecisive.
She has been kissed as often as a police-court Bible, and by much the same class of people
I heard his library burned down and both books were destroyed - and one of them hadn't even been colored in yet.
I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them.
The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.
He types his labored column - weary drudge Senile fudge and solemn spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn.
It isn't everybody who is the hero of his own romance, and when we meet one he is likely to be a fascinating monster
Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
In my experience tact is usually worse than the brutalities of truth
The great book for you is the book that has the most to say to you at the moment when you are reading. I do not mean the book that is most instructive, but the book that feeds your spirit. And that depends on your age, your experience, your psychological and spiritual need.
I do not 'get' ideas; ideas get me.
Tristan and Isolde were lucky to die when they did. They'd have been sick of all that rubbish in a year.
Too much traffic with a quotation book begets a conviction of ignorance in a sensitive reader. Not only is there a mass of quotable stuff he never quotes, but an even vaster realm of which he has never heard.
Art is wine and experience is the brandy we distill from it
Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.
A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.
Other-directed appears to be nothing more than a sociological term for weak-minded
The wit of a graduate student is like champagne. Canadian champagne.
The average politician goes through a sentence like a man exploring a disused mine shaft-blind, groping, timorous and in imminent danger of cracking his shins on a subordinate clause or a nasty bit of subjunctive.
What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.
Many a promising career has been wrecked by marrying the wrong sort of woman. The right sort of woman can distinguish between Creative Lassitude and plain shiftlessness.
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