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I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grown older.

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn’t be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink.

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in the mirror which waits always before or behind.

Chamber music — a conversation between friends.

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.