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Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
There is no friend as loyal as a book.
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.


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"If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work." Make picture quote!
"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water." Make picture quote!
"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Make picture quote!
"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen." Make picture quote!
"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love." Make picture quote!
"Never confuse movement with action." Make picture quote!
"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." Make picture quote!
"Man is not made for defeat." Make picture quote!
"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." Make picture quote!
"Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you." Make picture quote!
"It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way." Make picture quote!
"In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason." Make picture quote!
"My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way." Make picture quote!
"I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred." Make picture quote!
"I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it." Make picture quote!
"I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes." Make picture quote!
"I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after." Make picture quote!
"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?" Make picture quote!
"I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me." Make picture quote!
"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." Make picture quote!
"No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one." Make picture quote!
"Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war." Make picture quote!
"Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat - no matter who killed the meat for him." Make picture quote!
"The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green." Make picture quote!
"I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy." Make picture quote!
"That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward." Make picture quote!
"Never mistake motion for action." Make picture quote!
"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over." Make picture quote!
"Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl." Make picture quote!
"Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture." Make picture quote!
"That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best - make it all up - but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way." Make picture quote!
"Pound's crazy. All poets are. They have to be. You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin." Make picture quote!
"There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges." Make picture quote!
"There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it." Make picture quote!
"There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter." Make picture quote!
"The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other." Make picture quote!
"There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention." Make picture quote!
"To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years." Make picture quote!
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." Make picture quote!
"The shortest answer is doing the thing." Make picture quote!
"The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself." Make picture quote!
"The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without." Make picture quote!
"You're beautiful, like a May fly." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Make picture quote!
"They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason." Make picture quote!
"Wars are caused by undefended wealth." Make picture quote!
"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." Make picture quote!
"What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after." Make picture quote!
"When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea." Make picture quote!
"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." Make picture quote!
"When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature." Make picture quote!
"When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first." Make picture quote!
"Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?" Make picture quote!
"Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up." Make picture quote!
"You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself." Make picture quote!
"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." Make picture quote!
"There's no one thing that is true. They're all true." Make picture quote!
"All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened." Make picture quote!
"I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true." Make picture quote!
"Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth." Make picture quote!
"A man can be destroyed but not defeated." Make picture quote!
"A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book." Make picture quote!
"About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after." Make picture quote!
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." Make picture quote!
"All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time." Make picture quote!
"All our words from loose using have lost their edge." Make picture quote!
"All things truly wicked start from innocence." Make picture quote!
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Make picture quote!
"As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary." Make picture quote!
"I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it." Make picture quote!
"His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred." Make picture quote!
"A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl." Make picture quote!
"Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor." Make picture quote!
"Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age." Make picture quote!
"Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it." Make picture quote!
"Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts." Make picture quote!
"But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated." Make picture quote!
"For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can." Make picture quote!
"Courage is grace under pressure." Make picture quote!
"Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it." Make picture quote!
"Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination." Make picture quote!
"For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive." Make picture quote!
"Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. They have retained bubbling-over boyishness. They have relished wit, they have indulged in humor. They have not allowed dignity to depress them into moroseness. Youthfulnesss of spirit is" Make picture quote!
"So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after." Make picture quote!
"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places." Make picture quote!




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