"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."
"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."
"Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them."
"One of the obligations of the writer is to say or sing all that he or she can, to deal with as much of the world as becomes possible to him or her in language."
"English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education -- sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street."
"The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it."
"There was never a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people if he's any good."
F. Scott Fitzgerald