Writers are sometimes described as dissipating their books in talk, as though speaking your thoughts bars you from writing them down.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
Essay, n. An aphorism that hasn’t quite coalesced.
We are exhorted to show regard for future generations, in books that they will have to sort through and throw away.
Grisham’s Law: Bad books drive out good.
The makers of history know too little of how it will turn out, and the writers know too much.
We would have far fewer and far better books if they could only be published posthumously.
Always speak Truth to Power, once you’re sure Power isn’t going to option your novel.
Prose should rarely be poetic, and poetry never.
The writer proposes: the reader disposes.
Never read your old writing. It will displease you, or worse, please you.