Pittsburgh was even more vital, more creative, more hungry for culture than New York. Pittsburgh was the birthplace of my writing.
The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
All the intelligence and talent in the world can't make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can't be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens.
Miracles surround us at every turn, if we but sharpen our perceptions to them.
What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.
Where there is great love, there are always wishes.
Constant comparisons are the stamp of the foreigner; one continually translates manners and customs of a new country into terms of his own, before he can fully comprehend them.
The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything.