An unending series of plausible occurrences is impossible in life, and insisted on in fiction.
The dead alive and busy.
I can skip the one book I must read if I read only one book this year, having read more than one book this year.
The novel often triumphs as a lived experience and always fails as a recollected one.
To study ethics, read fiction, not philosophy.
It is not easy for a woman to win an author’s heart; she has to read his books.
Many famous works of literature would have remained obscure if they had been read only as the author intended.
For diminishing returns read philosophy; for network effects read history.
Reading is like sauce-making: one does not remember the books so much as become infused with them.
We seem almost naturally to revere books, for which reading them is the only cure.
If it can be translated, it’s not literature.