‘What’s the matter, don’t you like my poetry?’ asked Ivan with curiosity.
“And what have you read?”
“I haven’t read any of your poetry.” retorted the visitor irritably.
“Then how can you tell?”
“Well,” replied the guest, “it’s not as though I haven’t read other things like it, now is it? But maybe, by some miracle, yours is different? All right, I’m ready to take it on faith. Tell me yourself, are your poems any good?”
–Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita