Never judge someone’s character based on the words of another. Instead, study the motives behind the words of the person casting the bad judgment.
To maintain your integrity, just maintain your words in sanctity, and your works in sincerity. You can’t be really trusted when your works of today are standing against your words of yesterday!
The music lets me see the story but the story doesn’t let me write the words.
Be careful what you say and do around a writer; your words and actions may become material.
People usually complain that music is so ambiguous, and what they are supposed to think when they hear it is so unclear, while words are understood by everyone. But for me it is exactly the opposite…what the music I love expresses to me are thoughts not to indefinite for words, but rather too definite.
Literature will save me it’s the only certainty i am sure of.
What a gulf between impression and expression! That’s our ironic fate-to have Shakespearean feelings and (unless by some billion-to-one chance we happen to be Shakespeare) to talk about them like automobile salesmen or teen-agers or college professors. We practice alchemy in reverse-touch gold and it turns into lead; touch the pure lyrics of experience, and they turn into the verbal equivalents of tripe and hogwash.
If knowledge is lacking, your destruction is inevitable.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.