Most write to make themselves heard; I write to shut others up.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
Gross intolerance of unpopular opinion may do for literature what the Hays Code did for movies: one must be clever when one cannot be frank.
When one hears that a public figure hates journalists, it may be true; but what will be certain is that journalists hate him.
Sarcasm is the lowest form of esotericism.
Writers can write nonsense without ill effect. It is when readers put up with, then expect, and finally demand it that civilization ends.
The only hope for truly execrable prose is to call it poetry and break the lines in odd places.
If you believe the reviewers when they call you a genius, you will believe them when they call you a fool.
What you don’t know you can’t leave out.
If you must write for an audience, why not the one you want to have?
Literary talent consists largely in pronouncing sonorous absurdities with absolute conviction.