My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
All thinking men are atheists.
In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
Man is not made for defeat.
I know the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.
If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good, and the very gentle, and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.
Never write about a place until you're away from it, because that gives you perspective.
The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places.
But in modern war you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.
All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.
That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best --make it all up --but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.
Never confuse movement with action.
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
Never mistake motion for action.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat - no matter who killed the meat for him.
Pound's crazy. All poets are. They have to be. You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.