Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions.
It is impossible to discourage the real writers—they don’t give a damn what you say; they’re going to write.
Books written out of fire give me a great deal of pleasure. You get the sense that the world for these writers could not have continued if the book hadn’t been written. When you come across a book like that, it is a privilege.
When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to stop and reconsider.
Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. . . . Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.
You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
You can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.
The book you are reading is the best video you’ll ever see because it’s happening in your head.
No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.