The parody is the last refuge of the frustrated writer. Parodies are what you write when you are associate editor of the Harvard Lampoon. The greater the work of literature, the easier the parody. The step up from writing parodies is writing on the w
Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
Writing poetry is a state of free float
Good is not always good.
We love the imperfect shapes in nature and in the works of art, look for an intentional error as a sign of the golden key and sincerity found in true mastery.
Trying too hard to be too good, even when trying to be bad, is too good for the bad, too bad for the good.
Through everything I have passed but nowhere I have been.
It is rare for people to be asked the question which puts them squarely in front of themselves
Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
The trade of critic, in literature, music, and the drama, is the most degraded of all trades.
I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil.
Without nothing, everything would be nothing.
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn... American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.
What is literature but an insider's newsletter about affairs relating to molecules, of no importance to anything in the Universe but a few molecules who have the disease called 'thought'.
Pose your questions to people and you will get countless useless answers.
It is doubtless one of Aristotle's great services that he conceived so clearly the truth that literature is a thing that grows and has a history.
To leave out beautiful sunsets is the secret of good taste.
Beauty doesn't have to be anything. What's a vase about? What's a sunset or a flower about? What, for that matter, is Mozart's Twenty-third Piano Concerto ?
So much for endings. Beginnings are always more fun. True connoisseurs, however, are known to favor the stretch in between, since it's the hardest to do anything with. That's about all that can be said for plots, which anyway are just one thing after another, a what and a what and a what.
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