Malcolm Cowley

“Be kind and considerate with your criticism.... It’s just as hard to write a bad book as it is to write a good book.”

“Put cotton in your ears and pebbles in your shoes. Pull on rubber gloves. Smear Vaseline over your glasses, and there you have it: instant old age.”

“Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.”

“They tell you that you’ll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don’t tell you is that you won’t miss it very much.”