"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
"You will always have one more cigarette, whether it's at a funeral, or at the bar. You never truly quit, there will always be another cigarette, another drag. President Obama gets that. He's a Marlboro Man, the only reason I have left to like him. What I don't like, though, is that he has placed the burden of middle-class children's healthcare upon my shoulders. Can someone, anyone, please, explain to me why I should be responsible for the healthcare of middle-class children just because I smoke? I'm not really getting the connection."