I did not want to write one of those sequels that famous first-book authors get into where everybody says, ‘Oh yeah.’
Even in the presence of others he was completely alone.
The solutions all are simple – after you have arrived at them. But they’re simple only when you know already what they are.
I really don’t mind dying because I figure I haven’t wasted this life.
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth,’ and so it goes away. Puzzling.
People are all at sixes and sevens with each other. They’re always quarreling. They never somehow resolve anything.
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.
For me, a writer should be more like a lighthouse keeper, just out there by himself. He shouldn’t get his ideas from other people all around him.