Umberto Eco Quote
Rem tene, verba sequentur: grasp the subject, and the words will follow. This, I believe, is the opposite of what happens with poetry, which is more a case of verba tene, res sequenter: grasp the words, and the subject will follow.
The Name of the Rose (ed. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994) - ISBN: 9780547575148