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The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.



I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day.



Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.



What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.



The waste basket is the writer’s best friend.



The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.



Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.



Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.



Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.



I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.



I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day.



Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.



I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.



The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.