At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are – more humane.
Mystical explanations are thought to be deep; the truth is that they are not even shallow.
Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.
Some are made modest by great praise, others insolent.
My novels are about a generation of Americans who lived between 1940 and 2000, who resisted the postwar political and cultural forces by choosing a wandering life of impoverishment and wonder. Inevitably, race and economics are a big part of their stories. Childhood, childishness, and children are never far.
Anyone who has declared someone else to be an idiot, a bad apple, is annoyed when it turns out in the end that he isn’t.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
Fear is the mother of morality.