Quotation by Thornton Wilder

Every writer is necessarily a critic—that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on.... The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg—nine-tenths of him is under water.
Thornton Wilder (1897–1975), U.S. novelist, dramatist. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
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