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'An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.'


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'Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.'


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'Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.'


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'The minute you try to talk business with him he takes the attitude that he is a gentleman and a scholar, and the moment you try to approach him on the level of his moral integrity he starts to talk business.'


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'The minute you try to talk business with him he takes the attitude that he is a gentleman and a scholar, and the moment you try to approach him on the level of his moral integrity he starts to talk business.'


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'He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.'


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'Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.'


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'Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency.'


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'Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off.'


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'An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.'


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'Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.'


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'She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.'


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'It is not a fragrant world.'


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'Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck.'

 

 

 

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