Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.
Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time.
When tempest tossed, embrace chaos.
In my personal life, I'm a comic novel. But then, so are we all, because we're human beings.
I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.
A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in.
If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that's more than just entertainment-which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people.
I've not seen in my lifetime any politician who is a heroic figure. The manipulation that all politicians use on one level or another is so transparent.
Human beings can always be relied upon to exert, with vigor, their God-given right to be stupid.
The hands of every clock are shears, trimming us away scrap by scrap, and every time piece with a digital readout blinks us towards implosion.
A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power.
If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist, I've read it.
I don't find slashing and blood flying everywhere to be scary. I just find it repulsive.
I have avoided becoming stale by putting a little water on the plate, lying on the plate, and having myself refreshed in a toaster oven for 23 minutes once every month.
If I drive myself to the brink of my ability, then I don't get stale or bored.
I think the world is full of evil people. I think in some ways we're in more danger now than before.
Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct.
I think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion.
Writing a novel is like making love, but it's also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it's like making love while having a tooth pulled.
Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love.
Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the variations in style and genre, as long as they get that sense of story, of character, of empathetic involvement.
If you have to pay the bills, and you write something you're not proud of, use a pen-name for that.
If you want to publish two books a year under your own name and your publisher doesn't, maybe you need a different publisher.
Never, never try to scope the market.