You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place between the pen and the paper, not before in a thought or afterwards in a recasting… It will come if it is there and if you will let it come.
You look ridiculous if you dance. You look ridiculous if you don’t dance. So you might as well dance.
If you can’t say anything nice about anyone else, come sit next to me.
We are always the same age inside.
Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
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It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing.
One must dare to be happy.
Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful.
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
You are all a lost generation.
Let me listen to me and not to them.
You attract what you need like a lover
You have to know what you want to get it."
It takes a heap of loafing to write a book.
America is my country, and Paris is my home town.
Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.
There is no such thing as repetition. Only insistance.
Why should a sequence of words be anything but a pleasure?
In the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling.
I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to get rich.
Nothing is really so very frightening when everything is so very dangerous
You are extraordinary within your limits, but your limits are extraordinary!
A very important thing is not to make up your mind that you are any one thing.
For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts.
You are so afraid of losing your moral sense that you are not willing to take it through anything more dangerous than a mud-puddle.
it is nice that nobody writes as they talk and that the printed language is different from the spoken otherwise you could not lose yourself in books and of course you do you completely do.
If the communication is perfect, the words have life, and that is all there is to good writing, putting down on the paper words which dance and weep and make love and fight and kiss and perform miracles.
After all everybody, that is, everybody who writes is interested in living inside themselves in order to tell what is inside themselves. That is why writers have to have two countries, the one where they belong and the one in which they live really. The second one is romantic, is is separate from themselves, it is not real but it is really there."
Eating and sleeping are not like loving and breathing. Washing is not like eating and sleeping. Believing is like breathing and loving. Religion can be believing, it can be like breathing, it can be like loving, it can be like eating or sleeping, it can be like washing, it can be something to fill up a place when someone has lost out of them a piece that it was not natural for them to have in them.
The one thing that everybody wants is to be free…not to be managed, threatened, directed, restrained, obliged, fearful, administered, they want none of these things they all want to feel free, the word discipline, and forbidden and investigated and imprisoned brings horror and fear into all hearts, they do not want to be afraid not more than is necessary in the ordinary business of living where one has to earn one’s living and has to fear want and disease and death….The only thing that any one wants now is to be free, to be let alone, to live their life as they can, but not to be watched, controlled and scared, no no, not.
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