I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
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- The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
- One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
- At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.
- The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.
- The idea that nations should love one another, or that business concerns or marketing boards should love one another, or that a man in Portugal should love a man in Peru of whom he has never heard –it is absurd, unreal, dangerous. The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much.
- I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man’s pleasure when they come a cropper.