Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy.
Interviewed in Paris Review, Summer 1955; reprinted in Malcolm Cowley (ed.) Writers at Work (New York: Viking Press, 1959) p. 146.
The fact that we are I don't know how many millions of people, yet communication, complete communication, is completely impossible between two of those people, is to me one of the biggest tragic themes in the world.Georges Simenon
I never read contemporary fiction – with one exception: the works of Simenon concerned with Inspector Maigret.Georges Simenon