Do you in any way distinguish between writers whom you ‘like’ and those whom you ‘respect’?
Why, and how?
– ABC of Reading, p. 81
Before deciding whether a man is a fool or a good artist, it would be well to ask, not only: ‘is he excited unduly’, but: ‘does he see something we don’t?’
Is his curious behavior due to his feeling an oncoming earthquake, or smelling a forest fire which we do not yet feel or smell?
Barometers, wind-gauges, cannot be used as engines.
–ABC of Reading, Chapter Eight