If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worth reading, Or do things worth the writing.
Life is limited, but by writing, and reading, we can live in different worlds, get inside the skins and minds of other people, and, in this way, push out the boundaries of our own lifes.
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
That’s what turns young men and women into writers—the happiness you discover living in books.
I write in order to comprehend, not to express myself.
Letter writing is the only device combining solitude with good company.