Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.
The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
To write that essential book, a great writer does not need to invent it but merely to translate it, since it already exists in each one of us. The duty and task of a writer are those of a translator.
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.