A great part of writing is the audacity to say “men are” when you mean “I am.”
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
In bygone days, when an author did not hear continuously from his readers, he was less inclined to patronize them.
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.
I write mostly for intellectuals, and mostly against them.
That truth is stranger than fiction ought to embarrass novelists considerably.
Rhetoric, n. An argument that one is unwilling to believe and unable to refute. Cf. sophistry.
If it can be translated, it’s not literature.
Aphorism is less a matter of finding wisdom than losing patience.
Paying authors by the word is like paying programmers by the line.
All authors suspect, while they have no readers, that they are worthless. Then they acquire a few, and become convinced.