To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.
— Henry James

Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.
Marguerite Duras text quote

The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
— Arthur Schopenhauer

Footnotes -- little dogs yapping at the heels of the text
— William James

I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.
— Umberto Eco