An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.
What is your definition of a coward? A man who would think twice before fightng a lion with his bare hands. And what is your definition of a brave man? A man who doesn’t know what a lion is. Every man knows what a lion is. Every man assumes that he does. (The difference between a brave man and a coward is a coward thinks twice before jumping in the cage with a lion. The brave man doesn’t know what a lion is. He just thinks he does.)
The public takes from a writer, or a writing, what it needs and lets the remainder go. but what they take is usually what they need least and what they let go is what they need most.
The ladies usually go for the biggest damn fool they can find; that is why the human race stands where it does today: we have bred the clever and lasting Casanovas, all hollow inside, like the chocolate Easter bunnies we foster upon our poor children.