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Truman Capote
September 30, 1924 - August 25, 1984
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.


Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.


I like to talk on TV about those things that aren't worth writing about.


It is the want to know the end that makes us believe in God, or witchcraft, believe, at least, in something.


My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.


A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.


Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.


That isn't writing at all, it's typing.


Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.


Writing stopped being fun when I discovered the difference between good writing and bad and, even more terrifying, the difference between it and true art. And after that, the whip came down.


I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.


To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.


Mick Jagger is about as sexy as a pissing toad.


Fame is only good for one thing - they will cash your check in a small town.


That's not writing, that's typing.


I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.


All literature is gossip.


Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.


When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely.


Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends.


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