From Italo Calvino’s essay, “Why Read the Classics?”
A classic author is one you can’t feel indifferent to, who helps you to define yourself, even when you’re arguing with him or her.
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
Historian Glenn Bowersock said of Edward Gibbons’ “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”
The Decline and Fall has provided a standard of interpretation and exposition that remains as extraordinary today as when it was written.
Of style Marcel Proust said, “Style is in no way a decoration as some people believe; it is not even a matter of technique; it is — as color is with painters — a quality of vision.”
You may not view me as a classic creator, and Glenn’s quote was specific to Edward Gibbons; nonetheless, the substance or gist of the quotes pertains to my work, it’s style and substance, and I have received feedback to that effect.
I owe my style and substance in all creative works that I do to the LORD with whom there is no shadow of turning, who is the eternal source of all truth, creativity, inspiration – life and love, judgment and justice, mercy and loving-kindness.