To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
Writing is a struggle against silence.
The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.
Writing is a product of silence.
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
It's not plagiarism - I'm recycling words, as any good environmentally conscious writer would do.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.