I wanted to be a writer-performer like the Pythons. In fact, I wanted to be John Cleese, and it took me some time to realise that the job was, in fact, taken.
If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a nonworking cat.
Having imagination it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that if you were unimaginative would take you only a minute.
I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist.