Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard: they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to them.
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.
No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.
A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.
Art is born of humiliation.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.