“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
“A sentence should read as if the author, had he held a plough instead of a pen, could have drawn a furrow deep and straight to the end.” – From Sentences and Thinking, by Foerster & Steadman
“You become a writer because you need to become a writer – nothing else.”
Each moment is a place you’ve never been.
The pursuit of love is like falconry.
“I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years… At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.”
“The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone’s concern and like vampires they suck our life’s blood.”
“I have no idea how people function without near-constant internal chaos. I’d lose my mind.”
(A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius)
“A girl’s best friend is her mutter.”