1923-?. American writer.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
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The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today. We're all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination.
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Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.
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America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind.
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A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
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Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
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What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.
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I usually need a can of beer to prime me.
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Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.
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The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation.
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