“To be a good storyteller,
one must be gloriously alive.
It is not possible to kindle
fresh fires from burned-out embers.
I have noticed that the best
of the traditional storytellers
whom I have heard have been
those who live close
to the heart of things —
— to the earth, the sea, wind and weather.
They have been those who know solitude, silence.
They have been given
unbroken time to feel deeply,
to know the power of the spoken word.”
“Dirty words need less
reciprocation than caresses do
(and are) always more stereotyped,
and perhaps some of their power derives from the very fact that they belong to the most immutable inheritance.
So, in the end, even words–
which should help to
distinguish us from each other–
— serve to fuse us all together,
and to accelerate the annihilation of the senses that we are all trying to achieve in these moments.”
“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”
“To acquire the habit
of reading is to construct
for yourself a refuge
from almost all
of the miseries of life.”