Art

The great thing is to last and get your work done and see and hear and learn and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before; and not too damned much after. Let those who want to save the world if you can get to see it clear and as a whole. Then any part you make will represent the whole if it's made truly. The thing to do is work and learn to make it.

The future battle on the ground will be preceded by battle in the air. This will determine which of the contestants has to suffer operational and tactical disadvantages and be forced throughout the battle into adoption compromise solutions.

Multiplicity is only apparent, in truth, there is only one mind.

Beauty is not a means, not a way of furthering a thing in the world. It is a result; it belongs to ordering, to form, to aftereffect.

For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.

The challenge to writers today, I think, is not to disown any part of our heritage. Whatever our theme in writing, it is old and tried. Whatever our place, it has been visited by the stranger, it will never be new again. It is only the vision that can be new; but that is enough.

This, then, is what counts: a lightning reaction which has no further need of conscious observation. In this respect at least the pupil makes himself independent of all conscious purpose.

Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life rafts.

In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.

A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece.

A critic at my house sees some paintings. Greatly perturbed, he asks for my drawings. My drawings! Never! They are my letters, my secrets.

A nude by Degas is chaste. But his women wash in tubs!

Do not finish your work too much. An impression is not sufficiently durable for its first freshness to survive a belated search for infinite detail; in this way you let the lava grow cool.

In order to produce something new, you have to return to the original source, to the childhood of mankind.

It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own.

Perhaps I have no talent, but all vanity aside – I do not believe that anyone makes an artistic attempt, no matter how small, without having a little – or there are many fools.

Silence! I am learning to know the silence of a Tahitian night.

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.

I love athletics because it is poetry If the night dream, dream to be a marathon runner.