"Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge."
"Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established."
"War continues to divide people, to change them forever, and I write about it both because I want people to understand the absolute futility of war, the 'pity of war' as Wilfred Owen called it."
"Any story about revenge is ultimately a story about forgiveness, redemption, or the futility of revenge."