All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

Letter to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald
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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.

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This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the “creative temperament.”

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She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand.

What I had almost remembered was uncommunicable forever.