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All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.
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#American Novelist

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There is hardly an American male of my generation who has not at one time or another tried to master the victory cry of the great ape as it issued from the androgynous chest of Johnny Weissmuller, to the accompaniment of thousands of arms and legs snapping during attempts to swing from tree to tree in the backyards of the Republic.
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#Men

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Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players, and Tennessee Williams has about 5, and Samuel Beckett one -- and maybe a clone of that one. I have 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.
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#Writers And Writing #Company

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That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
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I don't want anything. I don't want a job. I don't want to be respectable. I don't want prizes. I turned down the National Institute of Arts and Letters when I was elected to it in 1976 on the grounds that I already belonged to the Diners Club.
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#Prizes

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Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.
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#American Novelist

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It is difficult to find a reputable American historian who will acknowledge the crude fact that a Franklin Roosevelt, say, wanted to be President merely to wield power, to be famed and to be feared. To learn this simple fact one must wade through a sea of
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#Power

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Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
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#People

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If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America painfully brief.
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#Charm

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As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.
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#American Novelist

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I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults.
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It makes no difference whom you vote for -- the two parties are really one party representing four percent of the people.
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#Voting

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Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
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#American Novelist

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It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.
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#American Novelist

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The behaviour of President Bush on 11 September certainly gives rise to not unnatural suspicions.
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#American Novelist

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There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person. There are only homo- or heterosexual acts. Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices.
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#American Novelist

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What other culture could have produced someone like Hemmingway and not seen the joke?
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#American Novelist

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Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
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#American Novelist