A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul.
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- I have discovered the most exciting, the most arduous literary form of all, the most difficult to master, the most pregnant in curious possibilities. I mean the advertisement. It is far easier to write ten passably effective Sonnets, good enough to take in the not too inquiring critic, than one effective advertisement that will take in a few thousand of the uncritical buying public.
- It’s with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
- Now, a corpse, poor thing, is an untouchable and the process of decay is, of all pieces of bad manners, the vulgarest imaginable. For a corpse is, by definition, a person absolutely devoid of savoir vivre.
- Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength.
- Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
- Good is a product of the ethical and spiritual artistry of individuals; it cannot be mass-produced.