The point is to write as much as you know as quickly as possible.
Furthermore, while I am undertaking these tasks I will refrain from indulging in such remarks as “Shit,” “Goddamn sonofabitch,” and similar vulgarities, as such language is nerve-wracking to have around the house when nothing more drastic is taking place than the facing of Necessity.
I’d like to develop as a writer, but who’s got the bar-bells and the gymnasium?
“No,” Hellers says, “because I have something this man will never have.”
“I know when I have enough.”
Whenever you are aware of a nice moment, even a small one like having a glass of lemonade under a tree, you say to yourself, “If this isn’t nice, what is?”
I am so tired of people who examine their pasts and find nothing but mortal woundings….
There is a snide saying: “The big dreams go to New York the little dreams stay home.” The biggest dreams, in fact, stay home. They build cities like this one with hospitals and universities and libraries and theaters and concert halls and supremely civilized gathering places like the Athenaeum. I say to all stay-at-homes, “Congratulations.”
Dream on, dream on!