"It's ridiculous to go around reading reviews. It's too late to do any good. The work is done by the time they appear. The people who praise you can't help you with your next project and the people who criticize you can't deter you. So, what's the use? You can't pay attention to either. Instead, you have to get on with your work!"
"I use a library the same way I’ve been describing the creative process as a writer — I don’t go in with lists of things to read, I go in blindly and reach up on shelves and take down books and open them and fall in love immediately. And if I don’t fall in love that quickly, shut the book, back on the shelf, find another book, and fall in love with it. You can only go with loves in this life."
"I want to use time well. I want to drain it of its meaning and intensity as I pass through it, so that I come to the end of my life, as Shaw once put it, having completely wasted myself away; but good ways, so that you've never let a moment pass that hasn't been delicious."
"I've often been accused of being too emotional and sentimental, but I believe in honest sentiment, and the need to purge ourselves at certain times, which is ancient. Men would live at least five or six more years and not have ulcers if they could cry better."