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American writer, b.1932
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“How do you write women so well? I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad; hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.”

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