Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.
Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader's teeth.
We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words.
When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance.
People have no idea what a hard job it is for two writers to be friends. Sooner or later you have to talk about each other's work.
The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable.
There is something about seeing real people on a stage that makes a bad play more intimately, more personally offensive than any other art form.
There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.
It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.