Writers can write nonsense without ill effect. It is when readers put up with, then expect, and finally demand it that civilization ends.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
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.
Most buts should be ands.
Nobody writes for the love of it. At best you write because it is less painful than not writing.
Poetry translations ought to have their credits reversed — poems by [translator], after [original poet].
The adverb confesses the verb’s failure.