43 Thomas Wolfe Quotes from Famous American Novelist

Thomas Wolfe was an early twentieth-century American author.

Thomas Wolfe is best known for his first book ‘Look Homeward, Angel’.


Best Thomas Wolfe Quotes


O lost, And by the wind grieved, Ghost, Come back again. ~ Thomas Wolfe.


Most of the time we think we’re sick, it’s all in the mind. ~ Thomas Wolfe.


This time it was obvious that a work of more than usual magnitude was in transit. ~ Thomas Wolfe.


Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone? ~ Thomas Wolfe.


It was like a dream of hell, when a man finds his own name staring at him from the Devil’s ledger… ~ Thomas Wolfe.


There is no happy land. There is no end to hunger. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

All things that lapse and change and come again upon the earth-these things will always be the same… ~ Thomas Wolfe.


Only the dead know Brooklyn. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you. ~ Thomas Wolfe.


I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Making the world safe for hypocrisy. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it. ~ Thomas Wolfe.


No longer now for them was there a single tenement and dwelling place. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Famous Thomas Wolfe Quotes

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


A young man is so strong, so mad, so certain, and so lost. He has everything and he is able to use nothing. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

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

And who shall say – whatever disenchantment follows – that we ever forget magic; or that we can ever betray, on this leaden earth, the apple-tree, the singing, and the gold? ~ Thomas Wolfe.

I had not yet learned that one cannot really be superior without humility and tolerance and human understanding. I did not yet know that in order to belong to a rare and higher breed one must first develop the true power and talent of selfless immolation. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Peace fell upon her spirit. Strong comfort and assurance bathed her whole being. Life was so solid and splendid, and so good. ~ Thomas Wolfe.


Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Toil on, son, and do not lose heart or hope. Let nothing you dismay. You are not utterly forsaken. I, too, am here – here in the darkness waiting, here attentive, here approving of your labor and your dream. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Then summer fades and passes and October comes. We’ll smell smoke then, and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness, swift elation, a sense of sadness and departure. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Top Thomas Wolfe Quotes

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. ~ Thomas Wolfe.


Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like flies, buzz home to death, and every moment is a window on all time. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

But we are the sum of all the moments of our lives – all that is ours is in them: we cannot escape or conceal it. If the writer has used the clay of life to make his book, he has only used what all men must, what none can keep from using. Fiction is not fact, but fiction is fact selected and understood, fiction is fact arranged and charged with purpose. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

They had a moment of cohesion, a moment of tragic affection and union, which drew them together like small jets of flame against all the senseless nihilism of life. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Finally, only thirty or forty million years before, our earliest ancestors had crawled out of the primeval slime; and then, no doubt, finding the change unpleasant, crawled back in again. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

I am, he thought, a part of all that I have touched and that has touched me, which, having for me no existence save that which I gave to it, became other than itself by being mixed with what I then was, and is now still otherwise, having fused with what I now am, which is itself a cumulation of what I have been becoming. Why here? Why there? Why now? Why then? ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Popular Thomas Wolfe Quotes

Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves. ~ Thomas Wolfe.


There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece of writing one has ever done, and yet have absolutely no place in the manuscript one hopes to publish. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

You can’t go home again. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

The mountains were his masters. They rimmed in life. They were the cup of reality, beyond growth, beyond struggle and death. They were his absolute unity in the midst of eternal change. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Fiction is not fact, but fiction is fact selected and understood, fiction is fact arranged and charged with purpose. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Man is born to live, to suffer, and to die, and what befalls him is a tragic lot. There is no denying this in the final end. But we must deny it all along the way. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: subtract us into the nakedness and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the love that ended yesterday in Texas. ~ Thomas Wolfe.

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