It is with literature as with law or empire — an established name is an estate in tenure, or a throne in possession.
I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
What is the difference between literature and journalism? Oh! Journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.
We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
This is not ‘writing’ at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.
The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.
That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other.[Медицина — моя законная жена, а литература — любовница. Когда надоедает одна, я ночую у другой.]