Writing

If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.

Mar 072016
 

In bygone days, when an author did not hear continuously from his readers, he was less inclined to patronize them.

Feb 232016
 

I am beginning to hope that the mark of a good aphorism is the number of uses it can be put to of which its author would not approve.

Feb 102016
 

That truth is stranger than fiction ought to embarrass novelists considerably.

Jan 112016
 

Rhetoric, n.  An argument that one is unwilling to believe and unable to refute. Cf. sophistry.

Dec 302015
 

Aphorism is less a matter of finding wisdom than losing patience.

Dec 182015
 

All authors suspect, while they have no readers, that they are worthless. Then they acquire a few, and become convinced.

Dec 082015
 

A solitary aphorism can be perfect; a collection of them can only be intolerable.