No writer can parody himself properly, except by accident.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
Good style confers unearned authority.
In matters of opinion, the choices are anodyne or wrong; punditry is the art of combining them.
Writing carries the small but ever-present danger of being understood.
The good reader blames himself first for obscurity, and to punish this habit with nonsense is worse than bad writing: it is depraved conduct.
Aphorism: A blank page spoiled.
The price of writing for one audience is the others.
The critic’s indispensable service is not to praise greatness, which makes its own way in the world, but to refrain from praising mediocrity, which requires his assistance.
All authors dream of a posthumous reputation, none of posthumous sales.
It is more common to talk well than to listen well, and to write well than to read well.