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American novelist and essayist b.1925
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A good deed never goes unpunished.
A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.
A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.
All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself.
All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.
American writers want to be not good but great; and so are neither.
And a Happy New Year to you.
Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60.
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
America and Americans
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
As dumb as this administration is, they don't look ahead. They don't know where any countries are. They don't know how to make deals. They don't really know much about anything. There is no plan."
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
By 1948, the Italians had begun to pull themselves together, demonstrating once more their astonishing ability to cope with disaster which is so perfectly balanced by their absolute inability to deal with success
By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over.
Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players, and Tennessee Williams has about 5, and Samuel Beckett one -- and maybe a clone of that one. I have 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.
Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.
Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent.
For certain people, after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex
For half a century photography has been the "art form" of the untalented. Obviously some pictures are more satisfactory than others, but where is credit due? to the designer of the camera? To the finger on the button? To the law of averages?
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