The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.
A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.
Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
We can love an honest rogue, but what is more offensive than a false saint?
It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free.
Teaching is the royal road to learning.
We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
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