The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

I'm not afraid to die - it's just that I had so much left to do in this world.

It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours.

Loyalty is a noble quality, so long as it is not blind and does not exclude the higher loyalty to truth and decency.

Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and life.

The hardest thing to teach young writers is that it's wonderful to tell your truth. And that's what you should do. But it damn well better be beautiful.

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.

“The human mind is a delusion generator, not a window to trurh.”

All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.