The wise man reads both books and life itself.
If you would know what nobody knows, read what everybody reads just one year afterward.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one.
No two persons ever read the same book.
Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.
If a writer has to rob his mother he will not hesitate; the ODE ON A GRECIAN URN is worth any number of old ladies.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
Every novel should have a beginning, a muddle and an end.
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.