“Why don’t you write books people can read?” —Nora Joyce to her husband, James (1882-1941), writer of dense works
“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.” —T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), poet
On Commentary: “Criticism is prejudice made plausible.”—Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956), journalist
“It is better to be quotable than to be honest.” —Tom Stoppard, playwright
“Dogma is the sacrifice of wisdom to consistency.” —Lewis Perelman, education critic
“I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.” —Gore Vidal, writer and TV guest
“Men have become the tools of their tools.” —Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), writer
“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” —H.M. Warner (1881-1958), movie mogul, in 1927
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” —Mark Twain (1835-1910), curmudgeon
“Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.”—Lewis Perelman, education critic
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