Quotes of the Day | 1218

  1. You don’t have to read every book you buy, and you certainly don’t have to finish the book you’ve started.
  2. When blurb writers describe an author “writing at the peak of their powers”, run a mile. When they say the novel is “allegorical”, head for the hills. Books that “will change your life” are as fabled as the hippogriff.
  3. Narrative (aka storytelling) is in our DNA. It’s called gossip.
  4. Keep a diary. It might keep you.
  5. In writers, vanity is the cardinal sin.

Robert McCrum, ‘Fifty things I’ve learned about the literary life’

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