Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.
The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.
The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you.
We can never know for certain where our prayers are likely to go, nor from whom the answers will come. Just when we think we are at our nearest to God, we could be assisting the Devil.
Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
It's not a good idea to put your wife into a novel; not your latest wife anyway.
The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.
Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer.
Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.
In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.
America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind.
God like Us suffers the ambition to make a destiny more extraordinary than was conceived for Him, yes God is like Me, only more so.
The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world.
Alimony is the curse of the writing class.
With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance.
I'm hostile to men, I'm hostile to women, I'm hostile to cats, to poor cockroaches, I'm afraid of horses.
There are four stages in a marriage. First there's the affair, then the marriage, then children and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.
I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.