The writer Como Joseph Pontiggia, which it is named after the section of the International "Città di Como" dedicated to prose, he was a master of aphorisms as well as fiction.
Here are some thoughts drawn from his collection published by Mill "The sands properties" on writing and books.
An expression that is reserved for books and helps to increase the unpopularity.
"Do not give way to more capable."
It is a principle of Lao-tse on the art of government.
Maybe you do not know, but it is certain that you practice.
THE WRITER posthumously
Few are the writers who know how to grow old, but even fewer know how to be dead.
The literate AND PAPER
That the words, once printed, acquire authorities, superstition is widespread among the literati, especially if they think their texts. It is almost always a false belief, but sufficient to keep their empty drawers.
In the period that rediscovers the professionalism there is no artist who does not speak of crafts, of humility, modesty .. So I particularly agree adjectives artisanal family: accurate, need, on time, impeccable. The summit remains, in a society that ignores, rigor.
it is proustian, as Kafkaesque, a menacing adjective, a loose cannon on the mere language, without having yet found harbor in the vocabularies. This is enough to show their fatal limits, their irreplaceable function, but mortuary, the message boards. Moreover linguists -those radicals, for their lucid paranoia, I love the most, those who conclude that they can not communicate, neither understand, or translated- They assert that the isolated words do not exist, there are situations in which people use them, and to which are traced every time.
ON THE ACQUISITION OF BOOKS
Do not buy books to read tonight.
But only buy those books, Also tonight, you'd want to browse…
... In a book by Einstein and a book on Einstein choose the first. There is more to learn from the obscurity of a teacher by the clarity of a disciple ...