I don't think you can ever assess your work. I don't think Turgenev could assess his any more than I can assess mine, and his didn't have a social impact as much as great literary impact.
Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
Don't ask to live in tranquil times. Literature doesn't grow there.
Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.
I think the reason I choose the comic approach so often is because it's harder, therefore affording me the opportunity to show off.
If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle.