A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book. No arms no legs joke book novelist, short story writer, and journalist. And jammed us into iron pants.
The sort of shit that it demanded. In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it any more. The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life — and one is as good as the other. Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called by the Masai “Ngàje Ngài,” the House of God. Close to the western summit there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.
There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention. And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered. Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture. Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.