Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
A painting is never finished -- it simply stops in interesting places.
What is art but a way of seeing?
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
Writing about people helps us to understand them, and understanding them helps us to accept them as part of ourselves.
I write to find out what I'm talking about.
It's appropriate to pause and say that the writer is one who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive.
Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
I learned long ago that being Lewis Carroll was infinitely more exciting than being Alice.
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books as our anchors, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are windows on the past, mirrors on the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses erected in the dark sea of Time.