A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
Virginia Woolf said that writers must be androgynous. I'll go a step further. You must be bisexual.
I've met many irresponsible people in my life but never an irresponsible cat.
Morals are private. Decency is public.
Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
Don't ask to live in tranquil times. Literature doesn't grow there.