“Hemingway knew the secret. I mean, he was a lush and a bad man in many ways, but he knew the secret. You get up and, first thing in the morning, you do your 500 words. Do it every day and you’ve got a book in eight or nine months.”
I did it all for money.
“It’s important to live in a nice country rather than a powerful one. Power makes everybody crazy.”
“What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience BECOMING, to find out what’s inside you, to MAKE YOUR SOUL GROW.”
“One thing a true storyteller is really good at is writing himself into a corner and then finding a way out of that corner.”
“A perfect vocation is the thing that you’re willing to be stubborn enough to stick with.”