One of the reasons I'm reluctant..

One of the reasons I'm reluctant to start a novel is it's such an obsessive activity. You get in there, you don't know anything else while you're in there. And that's quite a sacrifice to make, especially for us old guys where time is kind of short. You don't want to disappear for a year; you want to be outdoors.

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The properties of people and the properties of character have almost nothing to do with each other. They really don't. I know it seems like they do because we look alike, but people don't speak in dialogue. Their lives don't unfold in a series of scenes that form a narrative arc.
Alike
Almost
Almost Nothing
Arc
Because
Character
Dialogue
Each
Form
Know
Like
Lives
Look
Narrative
I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons.
Back
Coming
Head
Keep
Know
You
I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
Duty
Know
Love
Only
To Love
Don't you know this, that words are doctors to a diseased temperment?
Diseased
Doctors
Know
Words
You
At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.
Above
Accept
Defects
Exact
Failures
Far
Foretell
Go
Hand
He
Himself
His
How
How Far
All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.
About
Football
Know
Morality
Most
Obligations
Owe
Surely
For know that no one is free, except Zeus.
Except
Free
Know
No-One
Zeus
I can't complain that I've had a public all through my writing life, but people don't quite know what I've written. People don't read you too closely. Perhaps, after I've died, they'll look at my stuff, and read it through, and find there's more in it. That may be wrong, but that's what I comfort myself with.
After
Closely
Comfort
Complain
Died
Find
Had
Know
Life
Look
May
More
Myself
People
In order to speak about all and to all, one has to speak of what all know and of the reality common to us all. The sea, rains, necessity, desire, the struggle against death... these are things that unite us all.
About
Against
Common
Death
Desire
Know
Necessity
Order
Rains
Reality
Sea
Speak
Struggle
Things
My parents took me to see plays, starting from when I was very little. Oftentimes, I was too young to understand. I don't know what my parents were thinking - 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' when I was eight years old, that kind of thing. So lots of times, I didn't understand what was going on, but I just loved the sound of dialogue.
Afraid
Dialogue
Eight
Going
Just
Kind
Know
Little
Lots
Loved
Me
Oftentimes
Old
Parents
I'm crazy about 'Breaking Bad,' but I wouldn't know how to write an episode of it.
About
Bad
Breaking
Breaking Bad
Crazy
Episode
How
Know
Write
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
Assert
Know
Oneself
Should
I don't have a great instrument. I don't have the kind of ungodly control over my voice and body that great actors have. And I've worked with enough great actors to know that I'm not one.
Actor
Body
Control
Enough
Great
Instrument
Kind
Know
Over
Voice
Worked
There's a way I could have done things differently. I know that. If I offended anyone along the way, I do apologize.
Along
Anyone
Apologize
Could
Differently
Done
Know
Offended
Things
Way
I willingly speak to those who know, but for those who do not know I forget.
Forget
Know
Speak
Those
Who
Willingly
I know some people who live this much more insulated life in Los Angeles, where their feet never touch public ground. They walk out of their bathroom, their living room, they get into their garage, their car, and the next thing you know, they're at the valet parking of the restaurant or the store or the office. They're in a bubble the whole time.
Angeles
Bathroom
Bubble
Car
Feet
Garage
Get
Ground
Know
Life
Live
Living
Living Room
Los
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves.
Inside
Know
Lived
Lives
Made
Now
Ourselves
Realize
Used
Vile
War
Where
Wonder
I've never written anything that I haven't wanted to write again. I want to, and still am, writing 'A Few Good Men' again. I didn't know what I was doing then, and I'm still trying to get it right. I would write 'The Social Network' again if they would let me, I'd write 'Moneyball' again. I would write 'The West Wing' again.
Again
Am
Anything
Doing
Few
Get
Good
Good Men
Know
Me
Men
Network
Never
Right
I'm not on Facebook, and I don't tweet, but I know plenty of people who love both.
Both
Facebook
Know
Love
People
Plenty
Tweet
Who
I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
Dreams
Exile
Feed
How
Know
Men
A lot of people want to not wear a tie when they go to a restaurant. They feel they don't have to wear a tie. I think it's kind of a statement they're making. I don't know what that statement is. I haven't quite figured that out yet.
Feel
Figured
Go
I Think
Kind
Know
Lot
Making
Out
People
Quite
Restaurant
Statement
Think
Grown-ups yell. I don't know why, but they do.
Grown-Ups
Know
Why
Yell
We need more participation, so when I see someone like Trump, I go, 'You know something? Good for him'. I may not support him, but let him run.
Go
Good
Him
I May Not
I See
Know
Like
May
More
Need
Participation
Run
See
Someone
I think I do want to go into politics. I really, really do. And I don't know if I will.
Go
I Think
Know
Politics
Really
Think
Want
Will
I feel like the better version of myself is on paper... I'd rather have people know me on paper.
Better
Feel
I Feel
I Feel Like
Know
Like
Me
Myself
Paper
People
Rather
Version
You know, one of the things I like about this world, or at least I like about the way we're presenting this world, is these issues are terribly complicated - not nearly as black and white as we're led to believe.
About
Believe
Black
Black And White
Complicated
Issues
Know
Least
Led
Like
Nearly
One Of The Things
Presenting
Terribly
I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
Know
Many
Misery
Proper
Rites
Schooled
Silence
Speech
Where
U.S. foreign policy is Manichaean. It's like a Hollywood movie. You have to know who has the white hat and who has the black hat and then go against the black hat.
Against
Black
Black Hat
Foreign
Foreign Policy
Go
Hat
Hollywood
Know
Like
Movie
Policy
Then
White
Every great inspiration is but an experiment - though every experiment we know, is not a great inspiration.
Every
Experiment
Great
Inspiration
Know
Though
I know I will be severely criticized by the interventionists in America when I say we should not enter a war unless we have a reasonable chance of winning.
America
Chance
Criticized
Enter
Know
Reasonable
Say
Should
Unless
War
Will
Winning
You have an absolute freedom in Mexican writing today in which you don't necessarily have to deal with the Mexican identity. You know why? Because we have an identity... We know who we are. We know what it means to be a Mexican.
Absolute
Absolute Freedom
Because
Deal
Freedom
Identity
Know
Means
Mexican
Necessarily
Today
Which
Who
Why
I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.
Bright
Classes
Even
Find
I Can
Know
Night
Rise
Set
Star
Stars
Students
Sun
Undergraduate
We start out a million years ago in a small community on some grassy plain; we hunt animals, have children, and develop a rich social, sexual, and intellectual life, but we know almost nothing about our surroundings.
About
Almost
Almost Nothing
Animals
Children
Community
Develop
Hunt
Intellectual
Intellectual Life
Know
Life
Million
Million Years
I know I do not exaggerate, unconsciously and unintentionally, the scantiness of my resources and the difficulty of my life... I know that, but for the mercy of God, I might easily have been, for any care that was taken of me, a little robber or a vagabond.
Any
Been
Care
Difficulty
Easily
Exaggerate
God
Know
Life
Little
Me
Mercy
Might
My Life
We hunger to understand, so we invent myths about how we imagine the world is constructed - and they're, of course, based upon what we know, which is ourselves and other animals. So we make up stories about how the world was hatched from a cosmic egg or created after the mating of cosmic deities or by some fiat of a powerful being.
About
After
Animals
Based
Being
Constructed
Cosmic
Course
Created
Egg
Fiat
Hatched
How
Hunger
The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight.
Birth
Certainty
Committing
Delight
Evil
Found
Know
Lies
Love
Men
Men And Women
Sensual
Supreme
Unique
I had four sandwiches when I left New York. I only ate one and a half during the whole trip and drank a little water. I don't suppose I had time to eat any more because, you know, it surprised me how short a distance it is to Europe.
Any
Ate
Because
Distance
Drank
Eat
Europe
Four
Had
Half
How
Know
Left
Little
There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.
Beings
Create
Exist
Know
Only
Poet
Priest
Respect
Soldier
Three
Worthy
Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values... God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.
Earth
Feel
God
Himself
His
Know
Life
Made
Man
Must
Recognize
Simple
Values
Who
Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
Am
Antithesis
Form
I Am
Inspiration
Know
May
Perhaps
Self-Consciousness
Sure
Know not to revere human things too much.
Human
Know
Much
Revere
Things
Too
Too Much
I know there's an impression that I'm someone who seeks to have violent confrontations with people. I don't. Do I regret screaming at some guy who practically clipped my kid in the head with the lens of a camera? Yeah, I probably do, because it's only caused me problems.
Because
Camera
Caused
Confrontation
Guy
Head
Impression
Kid
Know
Lens
Me
Only
People
Practically
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
About
Business
Know
Most
None
People
Things
Want
Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.
Apt
Away
Hobbies
Keep
Know
Must
Reins
Run
Us
You
Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self.
Blot
Close
Glory
Know
Leave
Margin
Only
Our
Out
See
Self
Tiny
Troublesome
Very
We know little of the things for which we pray.
Know
Little
Pray
Things
Which
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
Giving
Know
Luxury
Must
Poor
But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
Angels
God
Know
Life
Man
Men
Must
Only
Reserved
Theatre
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
Angels
Come
Golden
Gone
Know
Life
Moments
Nothing
Only
Past
Rush
Sand
See
Stream
I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
Bachelors
Function
Go
Home
Husbands
Know
Like
Make
Out
Proper
Reasons
Should
Stay
Stay-At-Home