Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.
Some people say I must be a horrible person but that's not true, I have the heart of a young boy -- in a jar on my desk.
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless...
The roots are rationalism, and I would define that word so: "Rationalism is the idea we can ever understand anything about the state of being." It's a death trip. It always has been.
The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn't real. I know that, and I also know that if I'm careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle.
When asked,"How do you write ?" I invariably answer, "one word at a time."
Writing a book is like sailing the Atlantic in a bathtub -- plenty of room for self-doubt.
You're dead, George. You just don't have the sense to lie down.