Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep herding.
Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and forty-eight.
Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
Genius ... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it
Literature is news that stays news.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree
Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.
If a man isn't willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he's no good
Utter originality is, of course, out of the question
The secret of popular writing is never to put more on a given page than the common reader can lap off it with no strain whatsoever on his habitually slack attention
When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder.
All my life I believed I knew something. But then one strange day came when I realized that I knew nothing, yes, I knew nothing. And so words became void of meaning. I have arrived too late at ultimate uncertainty.