Quotes


  • A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.


  • A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.


  • All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.


  • Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.


  • Courage is grace under pressure.


  • Easy writing makes hard reading.


  • 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.


  • God knows, people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick.


  • Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.


  • I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?


  • It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.


  • Never confuse movement with action.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.


  • 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.


  • The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.


  • There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.


  • There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.