The future is... black.
When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
People can cry much easier than they can change.
The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; and yet is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed.
When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.
Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.
People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an immediate knowledge of its ugly side.
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.
Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.
Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.