Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it.
I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn’t irascible.
The modern artist must live by craft and violence. His gods are violent gods. Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife, are uninteresting.
Good art however ‘immoral’ is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise.
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
Wars are made to make debt.
If the individual, or heretic, gets hold of some essential truth, or sees some error in the system being practiced, he commits so many marginal errors himself that he is worn out before he can establish his point.
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber’s wax dummy is to sculpture.