"I teach one semester a year, and this year I'm just teaching one course during that semester, a writing workshop for older students in their late 20s and early 30s, people in our graduate program who are already working on a manuscript and trying to bring it to completion."
"It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree."Tobias Wolff on John F. Kennedy
"God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars."Tobias Wolff on Elbert Hubbard
"A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success."Tobias Wolff on Robert Orben
"Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated."Tobias Wolff on Erma Bombeck
"Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know."Tobias Wolff on T. S. Eliot
"Memory is funny. Once you hit a vein the problem is not how to remember but how to control the flow."
"I believe that the short story is as different a form from the novel as poetry is, and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer in spirit to poetry than to novels."