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It wasn't until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn't understand my books, but they could understand 30,000.


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When grown people speak of the innocence of children, they don't really know what they mean. Pressed, they will go a step further and say, Well, ignorance then. The child is neither. There is no crime which a boy of eleven had not envisaged long ago. His only innocence is, he may not yet be old enough to desire the fruits of it ... his ignorance is, he does not know how to commit it.
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The Swiss are not a people so much as a neat, clean, quite solvent business
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Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.
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I don't know anything about inspiration because I don't know what inspiration is I've heard about it, but I never saw it.
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If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us.
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I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone.
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