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