Minor masterpiece: What critics call a book they think they might have written themselves with a few more evenings and weekends free.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
Read a lot: think some: write a little.
It is difficult to write even ten words without wasting one.
No novel can contain a character more intelligent than its author.
No book has ever been too short.
One idea suffices — for a book, for an essay, for an aphorism.
Print overawes the illiterate just as machinery overawes the savage.
The author who displays his library is like the suspect who leads police to the scene of the crime.
Surfeit: A group of poets.
More is lost in translation from thought to page than from one language to another.