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Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy; I drop my fruits like a ripe tree. What the general reader or the critic makes of them is not my concern.
To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.
One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading. I have been a reader ever since.
I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud.
A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude.
The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.
It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.
W. Somerset Maugham
Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
William Makepeace Thackeray
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
Ursula K. Le Guin
That writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
Charles Caleb Colton
Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets to the end of the chapter, he or she must turn one more page.
Yes, I, well, when I write, as often as I can, I try to write as if I'm talking to people. It doesn't always work, and one shouldn't always try it, but I try and write as if I am talking, and trying to engage the reader in conversation.
I was eccentric, even as a kid. I was an early reader, an early talker. I was very curious in a way that maybe the other kids weren't. I was a little more outgoing.
Michael J. Fox
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
Hypocrite reader my fellow my brother!
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
Amos Bronson Alcott
No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
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