News is noise.
The dead alive and busy.
We say of indelible characters from life that they could be fictional; and from books, that they could be real.
In fiction we admire energy, not virtue. We root for the life-force, however it manifests.
One often hears complaints against morally improving books, as if it were better to be degraded by one’s reading.
The footnotes are the most important part of corporate annual reports, and the same is often true of non-fiction.
Reading maketh a full man, writing an exact man, and conference a man ready to quit his job.
Misspellers learn from speech, mispronouncers from books.
Only the literary cannot profit from literature.
Too much plot shows too little respect for one’s audience, and too little shows too much.
Many books are least likely to be read by the people who would profit most by reading them.