An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
You must write for yourself, above all. That is your only hope of creating something beautiful.
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.