You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes.
A cult is a religion with no political power.
One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.
Everybody is going to be what they are, and whatever they are, there's not going to be anything to apologize about.
Put your good where it will do the most!
A lie may fool someone else, but it tells you the truth: you're weak.
Sometimes we don't even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.
I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
(W)hat I write when I force myself is generally just as good as what I write when I'm feeling inspired. It's mainly a matter of forcing yourself to write.
If you label it this, then it can't be that.
The world was simply and sheerly divided into 'the aware', those who had the experience of being vessels of the divine, and a great mass of 'the unaware', 'the unmusical', 'the unattuned.
It's like a boulder rolling down a hill - you can watch it and talk about it and scream and say Shit! but you can't stop it. It's just a question of where it's going to go.
The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That's not true with non-fiction.
You can be denounced from the heavens, and it only makes people interested.
YOU ARE HEREBY EMPOWERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dear Mother, I meant to write you before this and I hope you haven't been worried.... I have met some Beautiful People and...
America is a wonderful country! I mean it! No honest writer would challenge that statement! The human comedy never runs out of material! it never lets you down!
It is either make this thing permanent inside of you or forever just climb draggled up into the conning tower every time for one short glimpse of the horizon.
Don't just describe an emotion, arouse it, make them experience it, by manipulating the symbol of the emotion, and sometimes we have to come into awareness through the back door.
Everything was becoming allegorical, understood by the group mind, and especially this: "You're either on the bus...or off the bus.
The Yanks always wore neckties that leapt out in front of their shirts, as if to announce the awkwardness to follow.
They're just beginning to open the doors in their minds" "But once you've been through that door, you can't just keep going through it over and over again...
A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
The road of knowledge leads to the palace of wisdom
We are all of us doomed to spend our lives watching a movie of our lives - we are always acting on what has just finished happening.
The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.
Everything in everybody’s life is … significant. And everybody is alert, watching for the meanings.
Vulgar, but not as vulgar as Louis Vuitton, thought Sherman.
Beautiful people blossomed forth from out of the polyglot, people who really had a lot to them, only it had been smothered by all the eternal social games that had been set up. Suddenly they found each other.
The sad truth was that the United States had not been reduced to a smoking rubble by the first World War.
An intellectual is a person knowledgeable in one field who speaks out only in others.
Everything in everybody’s life is … significant. And everybody is alert, watching for the meanings. And the vibrations.
If you become indignant, this elevates you to the plane of “intellectual.
They were Archer's second set of children an d paragons of contemporary teenage cynicism. They enjoyed setting fire to the tails of tender thoughts.
One day [Kahn] walked into a classroom and began a lecture with the words: "Light ... is." There followed a pause that seemed seven days long, just long enough to re-create the world.
Your self…is other people, all the people you're tied to, and it's only a thread.
It's great to be a part of the greatest jackoff in history.
Art is not eternal.
His genius had only begun to flower. This was only journalism, after all, a cup of tea on the way to his eventual triumph as a novelist.
The press in New York has tended to favor New Society in every period, and to take it seriously, if only because it provides "news.
There are going to be times when you can't wait for somebody. Now you're either on the bus or off the bus
Art is a creed, not a craft.