A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although ... he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture.
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
He said it was artificial respiration but now I find I'm to have his child.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.
The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.