My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
All thinking men are atheists.
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.
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.
You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.
You're beautiful, like a May fly.
If two people love each other, there can be no happy end to it.
Develop a built-in bullshit detector.
The first draft of anything is shit.
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.
Never confuse movement with action.
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.