Assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?
We seem to believe it possible to ward off death by following rules of good grooming.
In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
The technique of art is to make objects "unfamiliar," to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged.
Art, then, is an increase of life, a sort of competition of surprises that stimulates our consciousness and keeps it from becoming somnolent.
Political parties exist to organize and institutionalize human weakness. It is their one success.
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.