A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
Interview in Writers at Work, First Series (1958), edited by George Plimpton.
I discovered that I had, in the past two decades, written a far greater amount in the essay form than I remembered. Certainly I have written enough of it to demonstrate that I harbor no disdain for literary journalism or just plain journalism, under whose sponsorship I have been able to express much that has fascinated me, or alarmed me, or amused me, or otherwise engaged my attention when I was not writing a book.William Styron
It could be all unwittingly that I wrote in Darkness Visible what amounted to a Rosetta stone for my other work.William Styron
My life and work have been far from free of blemish, and so I think it would be unpardonable for a biographer not to dish up the dirt.William Styron
This was not judgement day — only morning. Morning: excellent and fair.William Styron