There is no friend as loyal as a book.
A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
I’m not brave anymore darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?
I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much and forgetting that you are special too.
You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.
In order to write about life first you must live it.
The first draft of anything is shit.
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
I drink to make other people more interesting.
The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.
Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.
When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.
All thinking men are atheists.
The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.
Courage is grace under pressure.
All things truly wicked start from innocence.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow carefully.
But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Isn’t it pretty to think so.
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.
If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.
Never confuse movement with action.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.