Pick up broken fragments

22 September 2014

I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken – and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.

Margaret Mitchell

I live with the people

21 September 2014

I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen.

Carson McCullers

I have always loved to use fear

20 September 2014

I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.

Shirley Jackson

Graham Greene’s telephone number

19 September 2014

I have Graham Greene’s telephone number, but I wouldn’t dream of using it. I don’t seek out writers because we all want to be alone.

Patricia Highsmith

The Cure

18 September 2014

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.

Isak Dinesen

In Sleep

17 September 2014

In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.

Thomas Wolfe

True romantic feeling

16 September 2014

Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.

Thomas Wolfe

The Reason

15 September 2014

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.

Thomas Wolfe


14 September 2014

If a man has talent and can’t use it, he’s failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know.

Thomas Wolfe

It’s not that kind of story

12 September 2014

“It’s not that kind of story,” I said. “It’s not lithe and clever. It’s just dark and full of blood.”

Raymond Chandler

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