"Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them."
"'Are you always a smartass?'
‘Nope. Sometimes I’m asleep.’"
"I’ve dreamed of you so much
it’s no longer right
for me to waken."
"Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don’t know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It’s that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don’t know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless."
"Life is like a movie, if you’ve sat through more than half of it and it’s sucked every second so far, it probably isn’t going to get great right at the end and make it all worthwhile. No one should blame you for walking out early."
"How much of my brain is willfully my own? How much is not a rubber stamp of what I have read and heard and lived? Sure, I make a sort of synthesis of what I come across, but that is all that differentiates me from another person?"
"That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it."
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip."
"Writing has … been to me like a bath from which I have risen feeling cleaner, healthier, and freer."
"As I am. As I am. All or not at all."