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A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his ...   Life
A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have...   Life
America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.   Life
Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs ...   Life
Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterest...   Life
Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right...   Life
Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no long...   Life
Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard b...   Life
But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his v...   Life
Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us...   Life
Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though c...   Life
Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had ...   Life
From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the ...   Life
Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf...   Life
He had a sensation of anxiety and shame, a sensitivity acute beyond us...   Life
He skates saucily over great tracts of confessed ignorance.   Life
Her sentences march under a harsh sun that bleaches color from them bu...   Life
How do you write women so well? I think of a man and I take away reaso...   Life
I moved to New England partly because it has a real literary past. The...   Life
I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television ...   Life
I would especially like to recourt the Muse of poetry, who ran off wit...   Life
Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.   Life
It was one of history's great love stories, the mutually profitable ro...   Life
Men emerge pale from the little printing plant at four sharp, ghosts f...   Life
Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning...   Life
Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is th...   Life
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rai...   Life
The city overwhelmed our expectations. The Kiplingesque grandeur of Wa...   Life
The creative writer uses his life as well as being its victim; he can ...   Life
The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartment...   Life
The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf ...   Art
There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man c...   Life
Until the 20th century it was generally assumed that a writer had said...   Life
We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.   Life
We hope the "real" person behind the words will be revealed as ignomin...   Life
We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great ex...   Life
What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.   Art
When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague ...   Life
Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to b...   Life
Writers take words seriously-perhaps the last professional class that ...   Life