On making mistakes

“A person can become tired of looking himself over and trying to fix himself up.  You can spend the entire second half of your life recovering from the mistakes of the first half.”

–  Saul Bellow’s character Wilhelm in “Seize the Day”

on omission in writing

If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing.- Ernest Hemingway