“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
“We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little -- or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives.”
“Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.”
“Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.”
“Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.”
“The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad.”
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