I have to do draft after draft… It takes me a long time, but I love doing it, and I have to do it every day, or I feel slack.
Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
After so many years, I feel more American than anything else, but I’m also Romanian and whatever other oddities of temperament I picked up elsewhere, in Transylvania or France, for instance. These days, everybody is both an exile and a resident – they don’t call it the global village for nothing.
I’m reading a book about Romaine Brooks, a wonderful painter from early in the last century.
Evil is only good perverted.
It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be.
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
Quietness is the beginning of virtue. To be silent is to be beautiful. Stars do not make a noise.
I think it’s crucial that we remember the lives of people, not their deaths. Our deaths are not our lives.