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Thomas Wolfe Quotes





A young man is so strong, so mad, so certain, and so lost. He has everything and he is able to use nothing.
 

All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.
 

Death - the last voyage, the longest, the best.
 

Fields are won by those who believe in the winning.
 

If a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, a liberal is a conservative who's been arrested.
 

If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.
[Success]
 

Is not this the true romantic feeling - not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.
[Life]
 

Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.
 

Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.
[Loneliness]
 

Most of the time we think we're sick it's all in the mind.
[Positive]
 

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.
 

Publishing is a very mysterious business. It is hard to predict what kind of sale or reception a book will have, and advertising seems to do very little good.
 

That enfabled rock, that ship of life, that swarming, million-footed, tower-masted, sky-soaring citadel that bears the magic name of the Island of Manhattan.
 

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
[Writers And Writing]
 

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
[Success]