We laugh at novels in which the weather tracks the moods of the characters, yet our own moods mostly track the weather.
The dead alive and busy.
Code is poetry, which says nothing about code, but poetry is also code, which says a lot about poetry.
Reading an author’s work for his life is like digging up a garden for manure.
Read to remember, write to forget.
It takes half a lifetime to learn to read slowly.
Cows chew cud, people read newspapers.
In hell you are forced to reread continuously all the books you loved when you were twenty.
Everyone who used to read is now too busy writing.
The reliable narrator is a literary convention.
Asking a native to recommend a translation is like asking a local to recommend a hotel.