It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist. It is far too easy.
A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets make a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.
In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.