But time has set its maggot on their track.
The function of posterity is to look after itself.
Don’t be too harsh to these poems until they’re typed. I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty: at least, if the things are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction.
Great is the hand that holds dominion over man by a scribbled name.
These poems, with all their crudities, doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of Man and in praise of God, and I’d be a damn’ fool if they weren’t.
There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is upright.
I’ve just had eighteen straight whiskies. I think that’s the record.
My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.
Never be lucid, never state, if you would be regarded great.
Go on thinking that you don’t need to be read and you’ll find that it may become quite true: no one will feel the need tom read it because it is written for yourself alone; and the public won’t feel any impulse to gate crash such a private party.
An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.
Washington isn’t a city, it’s an abstraction.
Somebody’s boring me. I think it’s me.
Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn’t do to upset one’s own vanity.
When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.