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An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.

We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.

I just want a hot cup of coffee, black, and I don't want to hear about your troubles.

People run from rain but sit in bathtubs full of water.

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

The less I needed, the better I felt.

Writing is something that you don't know how to do. You sit down and it's something that happens, or it may not happen. So, how can you teach anybody how to write? It's beyond me, because you yourself don't even know if you're going to be able to. I'm always worried, well, you know, every time I go upstairs with my wine bottle. Sometimes I'll sit at that typewriter for fifteen minutes, you know. I don't go up there to write. The typewriter's up there. If it doesn't start moving, I say, well this could be the night that I hit the dust.

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