If one knew the truth how could there be freedom? If hell and paradise were in the middle of the marketplace, everyone would be a saint.
I believe in God but people are liars. It’s those people who say they are appointed by God who I don’t believe in.
Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy. There are truths which one can see only when it’s dark
When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer.
When a writer tries to explain too much, he’s out of time before he begins.
We have to believe in free-will. We’ve got no choice.
Every human character appears only once in the history of human beings. And so does every event of love.
Where do the wheels of history lead? How can you be so sure that the wheels of history won’t get bogged down in blood and marrow again?
If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.
But my gloom did not lessen. I knew that I’d had a bad dream, and I stood in the dark trying to recollect it. The second I closed my eyes, I was with the dead. They did things words cannot express. They spoke madness. (“Hanka”)
Those who understand the complexities of human nature know that joy and pain, ugliness and beauty, love and hate, mercy and cruelty and other conflicting emotions often blend and cannot be separated from each other.
As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.
When a day passes, it is no longer there. What remains of it? Nothing more than a story. If stories weren’t told or books weren’t written, man would live like the beasts, only for the day. The whole world, all human life, is one long story.
To be a vegetarian is to disagree – to disagree with the course of things today… starvation, cruelty – we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it’s a strong one.
A freelance writer is paid per word, per piece, perhaps.
When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I’m a grown up, they call me a writer.
If you keep on saying things are going to be bad you have a good chance of being a prophet.
If you keep saying things are going to be bad you have a good chance of being a prophet.
Writing has power but its power has no vector. Writers can stir the mind but they can’t direct it. Time changes things God changes things the dictators change things but writers can’t change anything.
A good writer is basically a story-teller not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.
What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.
If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.
I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day.
For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.
I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.
Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.