One can be ill-read on many books and well-read on a very few.
The dead alive and busy.
One needs a lot of learning to wear it lightly.
Fiction, unlike life, is obliged to make sense.
Sometimes a story has one side, usually many, never two.
Always keep a book handy for when you’re not up to thinking.
When a critic says that the book he is reviewing is “better than X”, he is advising you, in the strongest possible terms, to read X.
A primary source, in translation, is a secondary source.
Children’s literature posits a compact between author and reader: though the reader may look like a frog to all the uncaring world, the author knows he is a handsome prince, and it can be their little secret. Harry Potter is children’s literature. So is Confederacy of Dunces.
What is worth reading is worth reading esoterically.
One must read widely to discover the few books to read deeply.