How can I tell what I think until I see what I say?
– E. M. Forster
In his 16th century essay on books, the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne set down his opinions on various writers, philosophers and poets, and was surprisingly candid about not ‘getting’ some works regarded as great by the experts.
Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
– W.H. Auden