There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.
More quotes by William Gaddis
Let them look up in the sky then…! if they must be so blind, that cannot see the truth in broad daylight, but must have the whole world in darkness to see the conceit of the stars…
The painters could be identified by dirty fingernails; the writers by conversation in labored monosyllables and aggressive vulgarities which disguised their minds.
Get a black suit and just freeload, problem it’s too God damned late now even to be any of the things I never wanted to be.
Mementos of this world, in which the things worth being were so easily exchanged for the things worth having.
More quotes about Wisdom
The pest of society are the egotist, they are dull and bright, sacred and profane, course and fine. It is a disease that like the flu falls on all constitutions.
What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
To himself everyone is an immortal. He may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
We meet on the broad pathway of good faith and good will; no advantage shall be taken on either side, but all shall be openness and love. I will not call you children, — for parents sometimes chide their children too severely; nor brothers only, — for brothers differ. The friendship between me and you I will not compare to a chain; for that the rains might rust, or the falling tree might break. We are the same as if one man’s body were to be divided into two parts, we are all one flesh and blood.
Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost.
Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which never can return.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.