Not a Mere Juggling of Words

Literature is not a mere juggling of words; what matters is what is left unsaid, or what may be read between the lines. Were it not for this deep inner feeling, literature would be no more than a game, and we all know that it can be much more than that.

– Jorge Luis Borges

Extracted from the book “Borges on Writing” published by E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. New York 1973, in an Appendix titled “The Writer’s Apprenticeship”.

The Art of Not Reading

The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. – A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

Extracted from the book ‘Arthur Schopenhauer Essays and Aphorisms‘ in a chapter titled ‘On Books and Writing’ section 16. Book published by Penguin Classic, translated by R. J. Hollingdale.