Don’t patronize the chain bookstores. Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he’s stabbing the independent bookstores in the back.
The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one.
The reading of great books has been a life-altering activity to me and, for better or worse, brought me singing and language-obsessed to that country where I make my living. Except for teaching, I’ve had no other ambition in life than to write books that mattered.
Is there anything more plausible than a second hand? And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time’s malleability. Some emotions speed it up, others slow it down; occasionally, it seems to go missing–until the eventual point when it really does go missing, never to return.
I will find you another long-forgotten Queen Mab poem in no time. Depend on it. I refuse to let Cody or anyone else know more about English Literature than me. So calm yourself, Elfish, and let an expert take over.
Nothing is inanimate; what is the rest is our interpretation.
Words rich in meaning can be cheap in sound effects.
Orlando said it was important for scientists to have minds kept open by literature, and souls touched by the creativity of art.
Perhaps somebody has alredy written it. But I want to write a story from the end till the very beginning.
The danger in reviewing and teaching literature for a living (is) you can develop a kind of knee-jerk superiority to the material you’re “decoding