ECO: more aphorisms

“There is nothing more difficult to define than an aphorism.”


“There are more books in the world than hours in which to read them. We are thus deeply influenced by books we haven’t read, that we haven’t had the time to read.”


“A transposable aphorism is a malaise of the urge to be witty, or in other words, a maxim that is untroubled by the fact that the opposite of what it says is equally true so long as it appears to be funny.”

“Entering a novel is like going on a climb in the mountains: You have to learn the rhythms of respiration — acquire the pace. Otherwise you stop right away.”


“I think a book should be judged 10 years later, after reading and re-reading it.”


“Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.”


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