School inculcates the bad habit of finishing books, as if they were assignments.
The dead alive and busy.
To fall out of love with a writer is the first step toward understanding him.
The Zeitgeist is everywhere, but especially in bad books.
The trouble with reading the news is that you start to believe it.
Books that are buried need not be burned.
Reading great authors improves your writing by making you desperately unhappy with it.
There exists in all men a thirst for the hunt, for predator stalking prey inexorably until it is caught and torn to shreds, that only reading Jane Austen can slake.
Quotation device, n. A man whose memory surpasses his wit; whose conversation consists largely or exclusively of other people’s words. Cf. citation device.
Analogously to Benford’s Law, 90% of the annotations in a used book occur in the first twenty pages.
It doesn’t matter much which books you burn.