Each underestimates her own power and overestimates the other’s.
I love to reread, even more than I like to read, so keeping a hold of books that I adore is very important, although they flee from me – they are always fleeing.
There’s a misunderstanding about what nonsensical things are – the idea that they’re just funny, and that’s the beginning and the end of it. Nonsense is not ‘not sense’ – it operates at the edge of sense. It teems with sense – at the same time, it resists any kind of universal understanding.
If you know what you’re talking about, or if you feel that you do, the reader will believe you.
You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play.
I just think we’re on this rock orbiting a sun that’s going to go out, and I don’t know that human society is necessarily a wonderful thing for the planet. I think people can be kind to one another and share things, but I don’t know that this particular iteration of civilization is to be preferred to any other.
Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone.
If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else.
If everybody became a poet the world would be much better. We would all read to each other.
When you are skinning your customers, you should leave some skin on to grow again so that you can skin them again.