"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life."
"She lives the poetry she cannot write."
"The omissions almost always distort or conceal the true character of the diarist or letter-writer and produce spiritually what an Academy picture does materially, smoothing out the wrinkles, warts, frowns, and asperities. At the best and even unexpurgated, diaries give a distorted or one-sided portrait of the writer"
"1. Make sure you enjoy writing.
Writers always like to say how hard the writing process is and how much suffering it causes. They’re lying. People don’t like to admit they make a living from something they genuinely enjoy."
"Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?"
"There is no beauty without some strangeness."