The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.
As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.
The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.
In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it any more.
I was trying to learn to write, commencing with the simplest things, and one of the simplest things of all and the most fundamental is violent death.
There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
Before we take to the sea, we walk on land. . . Before we create, we must understand. . .
People who write fiction, if they had not taken it up, might have become very successful liars.
Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.
Only that which makes you feel bad after doing is immoral.
Don't let yourself slip and get any perfect characters... keep them people, people, people, and don't let them get to be symbols.
Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It's been that way all this year. It's been that way so many times. All of war is that way.
Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object.
You lose it if you talk about it.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.