"Hemingway was a prisoner of his style. No one can talk like the characters in Hemingway except the characters in Hemingway. His style in the wildest sense finally killed him."
"Most serious writers refuse to make themselves available to the things that technology is doing. I’ve never been able to understand this sort of fear."
"No body of knowledge needs an organizational policy. Organizational policy can only impede the advancement of knowledge. There is a basic incompatibility between any organization and freedom of thought."
"It is indeed difficult to make a living as a writer, and my advice to anyone contemplating a literary career is to have some other trade."
"Most people don’t see what’s going on around them. That’s my principal message to writers: ‘For God’s sake, keep your eyes open. Notice what’s going on around you.’"
"An addict never stops growing. Stupider."
"Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative."
"Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?"
"Scientology is a model control system, a state in fact with its own courts, police, rewards and penalties."
"No one owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death."