William Styron Quotes

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The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis.
— William Styron

psychology

Depression is a wimp of a word for an illness that creates a howling tempest in the brain.
— William Styron

depression

A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
— William Styron

books

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives while reading it.
— William Styron

books

I was at that age when reading was still a passion and thus, save for a happy marriage, the best state possible in which to keep absolute loneliness at bay.

reading

Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from natural experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain.

depression

I get a fine, warm feeling when I'm doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let's face it, writing is hell.

writing

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads.
— William Styron

writing

Every writer since the beginning of time, just like other people, has been afflicted by what [a] friend of mine called "the fleas of life"—you know, colds, hangovers, bills, sprained ankles, and little nuisances of one sort or another.

writers