America... It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.
His enemy was time. Or perhaps it was his friend. One never knows for sure.
I believe that we are lost here in America, but I believe we shall be found. And this belief, which mounts now to the catharsis of knowledge and conviction, is for me- and I think for all of us- not only our own hope, but America's everlasting, living dream.
I'm sick of praise. I want money.
If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.
Most of the time we think we're sick, it's all in the mind.
Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox in America- that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.
The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.
There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
Thomas Wolfe was wrong- you can go home again. For example, if you forget to wear pants to work.
Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone?
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