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Born: 1904-07-14
Profession: Novelist
Nation: American
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What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.

Tags: Creates, Eternity, Nature

The New England conscience doesn't keep you from doing what you shouldn't - it just keeps you from enjoying it.

Tags: Conscience, England, Keep

The second half of the twentieth century is a complete flop.

Tags: Century, Half, Second

The waste basket is the writer's best friend.

Tags: Best, Communication, Friend

We have to believe in free-will. We've got no choice.

Tags: Choice

There is great treasure there behind our skull and this is true about all of us. This little treasure has great, great powers, and I would say we only have learnt a very, very small part of what it can do.

Tags: Great, Small, True

Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life.

Tags: Discovered, Kindness, Life

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.

Tags: Betray, Else, Yourself

Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.

Tags: Doubt, Religion, Religious

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.

Tags: Become, Environmental, Health

People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.

Tags: Done, Often, Try

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

Tags: Art, Between, Vision

The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.

Tags: Art, Greatness, Unique

Life is God's novel. Let him write it.

Tags: God, Him, Life

For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.

Tags: Effort, Great, Wonderful

Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.

Tags: Single, Thinking, Writing

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.

Tags: Death, Life, War

A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.

Tags: Good, Story, Writer

A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is - full of surprises.

Tags: Life, Means, Story

I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day.

Tags: God, Idea, Thankful

Sometimes love is stronger than a man's convictions.

Tags: Love, Sometimes, Stronger

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.

Tags: Brainy, Great, Knowledge

We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.

Tags: Actions, Tells, Thinks

The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment.

Tags: Character, Highest, Human

When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer.

Tags: Call, Liar, Writer

If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments.

Tags: Might, Paid, Written
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If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

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If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

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There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

Tags: Gun, Justice, Stand

We write not only for children but also for their parents. They, too, are serious children.

Tags: Children, Parents, Serious

We must believe in free will, we have no choice.

Tags: Choice, Free

Androgyny is not trying to manage the relationship between the opposites; it is simply flowing between them.

Tags: Between, Simply, Trying

Is it sufficient that you have learned to drive the car, or shall we look and see what is under the hood? Most people go through life without ever knowing.

Tags: Car, Learned, Life

Androgyny refers to a specific way of joining the 'masculine' and 'feminine' aspects of a single human being.

Tags: Feminine, Human, Single

The first half of life is spent mainly in finding out who we are through seeing ourselves in our interaction with others.

Tags: Life, Others, Ourselves
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