If a man isn't willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he's no good
Genius ... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
Literature is news that stays news.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
If the individual, or heretic, gets hold of some essential truth, or sees some error in the system being practiced, he commits so many marginal errors himself that he is worn out before he can establish his point.
Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture.
I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.
Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
Utter originality is, of course, out of the question.
In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.