No one can ever heap enough insults upon me to suit my taste. I think we all really thrive on hostility, because it's the most intense kind of massage the ego can undergo. Other people's indifference is the only horror.
Letter to Charles Henri Ford (25 January 1948), as published in In Touch : The Letters of Paul Bowles (1995) edited by Jeffrey Miller, p. 192
A black star appears, a point of darkness in the night sky's clarity. Point of darkness and gateway to repose. Reach out, pierce the fine fabric of the sheltering sky, take repose.Paul Bowles
Africa was a big place and would offer its own suggestionsPaul Bowles
For God's sake, sit down. You look like a Calvinist rector telling his flock about Hell.Paul Bowles
"We're all monsters," said Daisy with enthusiasm. "It's the Age of Monsters."Paul Bowles
Every second, ten stars set behind the black water in the west.Paul Bowles
Dr Slade went in to lunch in a state of desperate boredom tempered with resentment; it had shaken him a little to see how bad luck could be prolonged to such unlikely lengths.Paul Bowles