American Novelist, Essayist. Critic and Autobiographer, Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
"It is hideous and coarse to assume that we can do something for others - and it is vile not to endeavor to do it."
"We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared."
"So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born. "