No novel can contain a character more intelligent than its author.
The dead alive and busy.
No book has ever been too short.
The worst hangover is the morning after you finish a bad book.
There is little difference between collecting books and collecting porcelain elephants.
We all know intimately many more fictional characters than real ones.
In fiction murderers and thieves often elicit the reader’s sympathy and understanding; snobs and ingrates elicit only his contempt.
We laugh at novels in which the weather tracks the moods of the characters, yet our own moods mostly track the weather.
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.