Religion will persist forever because of reality’s stubborn refusal to accord with our primitive notions of justice.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
The novel often triumphs as a lived experience and always fails as a recollected one.
Photographs do not steal your soul, only your memories.
There is bad art about which one can say a good deal, and great art about which one can say nothing.
The most pleasing aesthetic effect is the happy accident.
At least you can deal with the devil; God just pushes everyone around.
Celebrated mediocrity augurs obscure excellence.
You can talk people into art, but you can’t talk them out of it.
America’s religion is not Christianity; it is self-help.
The audience will always be out of step with the artist, for one is just arriving at what the other has long since put out of mind.