301. “Shoot, boy, the country’s just fulla folks what knows everything, and don’t understand nothing, just fullofem.”
— Truman Capote
302. “Any work of art, provided it springs from a sincere motivation to further understanding between people, is an act of faith and therefore is an act of love.”
303. “As Miss Golightly was saying, before she was so rudely interrupted...”
304. “Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”
305. “I like to talk on TV about those things that aren’t worth writing about.”
306. “I prefer to underwrite. Simple, clear as a country creek.”
307. “When seriously explored, the short story seems to me the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant. Whatever control and technique I may have I owe entirely to my training in this medium.”
308. “I know the next best thing is often the very best.”
309. “It is the want to know the end that makes us believe in God, or witchcraft, believe, at least, in something.”
310. “In California everyone goes to a therapist, is a therapist, or is a therapist going to a therapist.”
311. “I will say only that all a writer has to work with is the material he has gathered as the result of his own endeavor and observations, and he cannot be denied the right to use it. Condemn, but not deny.”
312. “Talent is a valued tormentor.”
313. “Champagne does have one regular drawback: swilled as a regular thing a certain sourness settles in the tummy, and the result is permanent bad breath. Really incurable.”
314. “There is such an animal as a nonstylist, only they’re not writers – they’re typists.”
315. “He’d always been willing to confess his faults, for, by admitting them, it was as if he made them no longer exist.”
316. “The most dangerous thing in the world is to make a friend of an Englishman, because he’ll come sleep in your closet rather than spend 10 shillings on a hotel.”
317. “I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it would be precisely like a novel, with a single difference: Every word of it would be true from beginning to end.”
318. “You can do films for the fun of it, or the thrill of it, but certain films you can’t do unless there’s something driving you, something you have a passion for that will pull you through.”
319. “We all, sometimes, leave each other there under the skies, and we never understand why.”
320. “Before birth; yes, what time was it then? A time like now, and when they were dead, it would be still like now: these trees, that sky, this earth, those acorn seeds, sun and wind, all the same, while they, with dust-turned hearts, change only.”
321. “I think the only person a writer has an obligation to is himself. If what I write doesn’t fulfill something in me, if I don’t honestly feel it’s the best I can do, then I’m miserable.”
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