A book that ossifies at exactly the same rate as its readers becomes a beloved contemporary classic.
The dead alive and busy.
Books can also change lives for the worse.
Reading, unless it’s for writing, is high-class idling.
There is nothing that everyone should read but a lot that no one should.
The reader properly resents coincidence. Life does not arrange itself to suit him; why should it arrange itself to suit the author?
No one wants realism in fiction — only a bit of reality tinsel to decorate the old myths.
Readers fall in love with villains because authors do.
To read well you have to live a little.
The reader will often reject, when it is explained and argued for, what he would swallow if it were stated baldly and unadorned.