Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.
No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
Now is the age of anxiety.
We all have these places where shy humiliations gambol on sunny afternoons.
I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.
If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.
All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.
The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.