The dead alive and busy.

Dec 102013

Many books are least likely to be read by the people who would profit most by reading them.

Nov 252013

If you want to keep a secret, put it in the middle of a long book.

Aug 272013

I have never known anyone book-smart, but book-stupid I see every day.

Jul 192013

Reading old books leavens our fashionable prejudices with a few unfashionable ones.

Jul 152013

Unbending virtue dies on the page. Bores, prigs, hypocrites, blowhards, martinets — these are the glories of world literature.

Jul 052013

You stir up a lot of sunken knowledge when you reorganize your library.

Jun 262013

The great American creeps are Poe and Whitman, and the great American bores are Emerson and Hemingway.