A grudging willingness to admit error does not suffice; you have to cultivate a taste for it.
The great American creeps are Poe and Whitman, and the great American bores are Emerson and Hemingway.
First you do not write what you think, then you do not say what you think, and finally you do not think what you think.
There is no book everyone should read, no music everyone should hear, no movie everyone should watch.
Dark motives lurk where independent beliefs cluster.
If you must be stupid, at least be lazy.
The less you are contradicted, the stupider you become. The more powerful you become, the less you are contradicted.
No novel can contain a character more intelligent than its author.
It is rarer to know when to think than how.
Primitives and children often have crude taste, but only civilized adults have bad taste.