An eccentric, dreamy, half-educated recluse in an out-of-the-way New England village cannot with impunity set at defiance the laws of gravitation and grammar. Oblivion lurks in the immediate neighborhood.
--- Said Thomas Bailey Aldrich of Emily Dickinson
It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
--- Said Gertrude Stein
It seems a great pity that they allowed her to die a natural death.
--- Said Mark Twain of Jane Austen
Bombastic nonsense. Concepts bordering on madness. Humbug.
--- Schopenhauer found in Hegel
Nothing but obscenities and filth.
--- Being all Conrad could find in D.H. Lawrence
Dante will always remain popular because nobody ever reads him.
--- Said Voltaire
If there is anyone here I have forgotten to insult, I apologize.
--- Announced Brahms, exiting somewhere.
A writer of something occasionally like English - and a man of something occasionally like genius.
--- Swinburne called Whitman
A leper and a sodomite.
--- Emerson called Swinburne.
Like a vile scum on a pond.
--- Pound viewed G.K. Chesterton
I´m a poet, I´m life. You´re an editor, you´re death.
--- Proclaimed Gregory Corso to someone in the White House Tavern - who shortly commenced punching him through the door and across the sidewalk.
Sartre´s The Respectful Prostitute was first produced in Paris precisely in the middle of a campaign against immorality.
--- And had to be advertised with the word Putain blacked out.
Conclusions are the weak point of most authors.
--- George Eliot said.
I will not go down speaking bad grammar.
--- Said Disraeli, correcting one of his final speeches.
All artists are bores.
--- Clement Greenberg
A designated area for booksellers existed in the central market in Athens as far back as in the fifth century BC.
A real good guy.
--- William Carlos Williams called Emily Dickinson.
If you are going to make a book end badly, Robert Louis Stevenson once pointed out, if must end badly from the beginning.
--- Such as by mentioning an eight-story roof in its very first paragraphs.
And which should presumbly call to mind Checkhov´s admonition that if a pistol is displayed in a first act, it had damned well better be fired by the last.
Scarcely intelligible, Dryden labeled Shakespeare´s language.
--- Quote: His whole style is so pestered with figurative expressions that it is as affected as it is coarse.
The Last Novel by David Markson