The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick peek over a common lamp-post.
Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.
Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.
Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.
Youth is a period of missed opportunities.
The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.
Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.
No taste is so acquired as that for someone else’s quality of mind.
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say.
The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
It is a mistake to expect good work from expatriates for it is not what they do that matters but what they are not doing.
There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.