"All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children."
"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life now that I am old I know that it is."Paul Auster on Oscar Wilde
"A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money."Paul Auster on John Ruskin
"Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants."Paul Auster on Benjamin Franklin
"The lack of money is the root of all evil."Paul Auster on Mark Twain
"Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it."Paul Auster on Mark Twain
"Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever."
"There's hope for everyone. That's what makes the world go round."
"I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I'd already been translating French poetry, I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went."
"I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table."