Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder.
Technique is the test of sincerity. If a thing isn't worth getting the technique to say, it is of inferior value.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.
The modern artist must live by craft and violence. His gods are violent gods. Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife, are uninteresting.