Many books are least likely to be read by the people who would profit most by reading them.
The dead alive and busy.
Only the very cruellest novelists reproduce dialogue accurately.
If you want to keep a secret, put it in the middle of a long book.
Read to be contradicted.
I have never known anyone book-smart, but book-stupid I see every day.
Read a lot: think some: write a little.
Reading old books leavens our fashionable prejudices with a few unfashionable ones.
Unbending virtue dies on the page. Bores, prigs, hypocrites, blowhards, martinets — these are the glories of world literature.
You stir up a lot of sunken knowledge when you reorganize your library.
The great American creeps are Poe and Whitman, and the great American bores are Emerson and Hemingway.