Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade…
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.
The greatest pleasure when I started making money was not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m on death row for killing an 85-year-old man.
There is no excuse for anyone not to be happy in life.
People who bore one another should meet seldom; people who interest one another should meet often.
The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
Fame is only good for one thing – they will cash your check in a small town.
A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue.
The only completely consistent people are dead.
The Swans followed his voice to the stars, themselves stars reflected in Manhattan windows.
Ruby Conn, stiletto-legged in a strapless white chiffon with its red stains slashing like sutured wounds full-length down her front.
Knowing Sugar is not quite what I thought.
She had traveled widely with her life like a well-packed bag, attracting in return the continual imprint of other people’s customs and superstitions.
He was the kind of man who spent most of his time memorializing himself.
All literature is gossip.
Loneliness is the great American malady.
We get to choose our family, our friends, our lovers. But we don’t get to choose our heroes.
Sometimes it’s better to have a terrible ending than endless terrible tension.
Living peacefully with oneself is difficult.
The beautiful and the successful ones are rarely interested in saying more.
Music, especially sad songs, are the best remedy for a broken heart.
I’m the type of person who enjoys observing rather than participating.
An empty room, no matter how good its contents, is not beautiful.
Talking about someone and knowing someone are two completely different things.
I don’t believe in fate or destiny, only in choices and consequences.
Being with someone you love feels like home.
Home is anywhere that makes you fall in love with life.
Life is too short to waste it on things that don’t bring you joy.
Success is not the absence of failure, but the ability to bounce back from it.
Happiness is not something you find, it’s something you create.
You can’t change the past, but you can shape your future.
Love is not about finding the perfect person, but about seeing the imperfect person perfectly.
Dreams are the fuel for a life worth living.
Just because something is difficult, doesn’t mean it’s not worth pursuing.
Life is like a rollercoaster, with ups and downs that make it worth the ride.
Success is not measured by material possessions, but by the impact you have on others.
The key to happiness is self-acceptance.
Don’t be afraid to take risks, that’s where the magic happens.
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Growth happens outside of your comfort zone.
Every day is a new chance to create the life you want.