The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it’s also full of fourth-rate readers.
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- No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
- Readers are less and less seen as mere non-writers, the subhuman other or flawed derivative of the author; the lack of a pen is no longer a shameful mark of secondary status but a positively enabling space, just as within every writer can be seen to lurk, as a repressed but contaminating antithesis, a reader.
- As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease.
- The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
- Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
- The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.