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By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence. Whether you are right or wrong, you don't hesitate.
 

Culture means, I think, that you have widened your experience enough through reading and through being a little bit thoughtful about these things that it has changed your outlook in some ways. And not necessarily made you a better human being but made you see things.
 

Envy is never general, but always very particular - at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.
 

I am basically a complainer and all the grounds for complaint have been swept out from under me.
 

I am married to someone I love.
 

I am the heterosexual Truman Capote.
 

I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign languages and have read everything and have musical training and they are still dorks.
 

I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive.
 

I know how deeply slothful I am.
 

I know how many days in which I have just answered e-mail, had three phone calls and a two hour lunch. Poof, gone. They are not infrequent.
 

I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
 

I should prefer to die laughing, and, on more than one occasion, thought I might.
 

I think the story is my form.
 

In recompense, envy may be the subtlest - perhaps I should say the most insidious - of the seven deadly sins.
 

My wife who is non-Jewish regrets it all the time that I can say these terrible things about fellow Jews and she can't.
 

No one has really ever defined what a friend is.
 

Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food.
 

Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.
 

One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don't have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism.
 

One serious drawback about letters is that, in order to get them, one must send some out. When it comes to the mail, I feel it is better to receive than to give.
 


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