Thomas Wolfe Quotes

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.

Making the world safe for hypocrisy.

You can’t go home again.

And the eternal paradox of it is that if a man is to know the triumphant labor of creation, he must for long periods resign himself to loneliness.

At that instant he saw, in one blaze of light, an image of unutterable conviction, the reason why the artist works and lives and has his being – the reward he seeks – the only reward he really cares about, without which there is nothing. It is to snare the spirits of mankind in nets […]

There is no one who has cooked but has discovered that each particular dish depends, for its rightness upon some little point, which he is never told. It is not only so of cooking: it is so of splicing a rope; of painting a surface of wood; of mixing mortar; of almost anything you like […]

All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.

Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America – that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.

So, then, to every man his chance – to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity – to every man the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him – this, seeker, is the promise of America.

America – It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.