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No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection.

Our society, like decadent Rome, has turned into an amusement society, with writers chief among the court jesters - not so much above the clatter as part of it.
[Writers And Writing]

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.

Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know what's in it - they should, because they put it all in beforehand.

She was what we used to call a suicide blonde - dyed by her own hand.

The truth is, we've not really developed a fiction that can accommodate the full tumult, the zaniness and crazed quality of modern experience.
[Writers And Writing]

There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.

There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for.

There is today an extraordinary interest with the data of modern experience per se. Our absorption in our contemporary historical state is very high right now. It's not altogether unlike a similar situation in seventeenth century Holland, where wealthy merchants wanted their portraits done with all their blemishes included. It is the height of egotism, in a sense, to think even one's blemishes are of significance. So today Americans seem to want their writers to reveal all their weaknesses, their meannesses, to celebrate their very confusions. And they want it in the most direct possible way - they want it served up neat, as it were, without the filtering and generalizing power of fiction.
[Writers And Writing]

We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next.

What is art but a way of seeing?

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.

With a novelist, like a surgeon, you have to get a feeling that you've fallen into good hands - someone from whom you can accept the anesthetic with confidence.

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

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