quotes from books you haven’t read, #3

“The secret of popular writing is never to put more on a given page than the common reader can lap off it with no strain WHATSOEVER on his habitually slack attention.”

“THE FIRST PHASE of anyone’s writing always shows them doing something ‘like’ something they have heard or read. The majority of writers never pass that stage.”

Ezra Pound in ‘The ABC of Reading’

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