(1924-1987) American Novelist, Essayist
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Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it.
An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.
Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.
Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.
Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it.
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
One can learn from one's errors. What one cannot survive is allowing other people to make your errors for you.
People who cannot make love make money.
People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.
The future is like heaven - everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.
The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.