Category: quotes

People grow up by living.

People grow up by living.

The excellence of every Art is its intensity.

The excellence of every Art is its intensity.

How sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how…

How sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet.

I will tell you what she was like. She was lik…

I will tell you what she was like. She was like a piano in a country where everyone has had their hands cut off.

I haven’t changed much, over the years. I use …

I haven’t changed much, over the years. I use less adjectives, now, and have a kinder heart, perhaps.

To acquire the habit of reading is to construc…

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

There is no such thing on earth as an unintere…

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.

‘Would you suggest writing as a career?’ one o…

‘Would you suggest writing as a career?’ one of the young students asked me.
‘Are you trying to be funny?’ I asked him.
‘No, no, I’m serious. Would you advise writing as a career?’
‘Writing chooses you, you don’t choose it.’

it’s nice to look up sometimes, it’s nice to h…

it’s nice to look up sometimes, it’s nice to have heroes, it’s nice to have somebody else carrying some of the load.

And maybe what growing up really means is know…

And maybe what growing up really means is knowing that you don’t have to be just a character, going whichever way the story says. It’s knowing you could be the author instead.