100 Famous Quotes And Quotations By Famous Authors

100 Famous Quotes And Quotations By Famous Authors

It’s the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.-Franz Grillparzer

It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.-Franz Grillparzer

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.-Ernest Hemingway

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.-Ernest Hemingway

No agent publisher is in a position to create across a spectrum of media and distribution what major publishers can accomplish for authors.-Robert Gottlie

No agentpublisher is in a position to create across a spectrum of media and distribution what major publishers can accomplish for authors.-Robert Gottlieb

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.-Sidney Sheldon

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.-Sidney Sheldon

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.-Ursula K. Le Guin

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.-Ursula K. Le Guin

I did not want to write one of those sequels that famous first-book authors get into where everybody says, ‘Oh yeah.’-Robert M. Pirsig

I did not want to write one of those sequels that famous first-book authors get into where everybody says, 'Oh yeah.'-Robert M. Pirsig

Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.-A.A.Milne

Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.-A.A.Milne

Authors should be honored only for their works.-John Updike

Authors should be honored only for their works.-John Updike

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.-Ayn Rand

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.-Ayn Rand

Authors are ordinary people who usually start to live apart, in the imagination, because they don’t fit in with normal, healthy people.-Henry Williamson

Authors are ordinary people who usually start to live apart, in the imagination, because they don't fit in with normal, healthy people.-Henry Williamson

Writing is its own reward.-Henry Miller

Writing is its own reward.-Henry Miller

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.-Lazurus Long

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.-Lazurus Long

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either.-Robert Graves

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either.-Robert Graves

As a reader, I’m often put off by authors and story-lines without families or children and all of the angst and joy they bring with them.-C J Box

As a reader, I'm often put off by authors and story-lines without families or children and all of the angst and joy they bring with them.-C J Box

No matter what you do, you’ll never run away from you.-Paul Revere

No matter what you do, you'll never run away from you.-Paul Revere

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.-Robert Benchley

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.-Robert Benchley

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.-Kate O’Brien

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.-Kate O'Brien

Authors as diverse as Rudyard Kipling, E. Nesbit, and J. R. R. Tolkien have shaped modern paganism as greatly as any theological underpinnings.-Liz Williams

Authors as diverse as Rudyard Kipling, E. Nesbit, and J. R. R. Tolkien have shaped modern paganism as greatly as any theological underpinnings.-Liz Williams

Some people learn by the mistakes of others, but most of us are the others.-William Prescott

Some people learn by the mistakes of others, but most of us are the others.-William Prescott

No man e’er felt the halter draw, With good opinion of the law.-John Trumbull

No man e'er felt the halter draw, With good opinion of the law.-John Trumbull

We don’t want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods.-Roy Blount Jr

We don't want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods.-Roy Blount Jr

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.-John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.-John Adams

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.-Truman Capote

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.-Truman Capote

Everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor and a scoundrel.-George III

Everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor and a scoundrel.-George III

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.-Mark Twain

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.-Mark Twain

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.-Samuel Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.-Samuel Adams

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.-Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.-Oscar Wilde

I can’t write five words but that I change seven.-Dorothy Parker

I can’t write five words but that I change seven.-Dorothy Parker

He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.-Benjamin Franklin

He that won't be counseled can't be helped.-Benjamin Franklin

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.-William Faulkner

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.-William Faulkner

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.-Barbara Kingsolver

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.-Barbara Kingsolver

Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up.-Nancy Kress

Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up.-Nancy Kress

Make injustice visible.-Mahatma Gandhi

Make injustice visible.-Mahatma Gandhi

November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community Centers all around the country have book fairs where they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays.-Anita Diament

November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community Centers all around the country have book fairs where they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays.-Anita Diament

No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.-E B White

No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.-E B White

The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.-Thomas Paine

The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.-Thomas Paine

The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge right or make good decision.-Alexander Hamilton

The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge right or make good decision.-Alexander Hamilton

I think that black fiction authors have to work very hard to avoid being typed as seeking only a black audience.-Stephen L Carter

I think that black fiction authors have to work very hard to avoid being typed as seeking only a black audience.-Stephen L Carter

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.-Edgar Rice Burroughs

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.-Edgar Rice Burroughs

Let authors write for glory and reward. The truth is well paid when she is sung and heard.-James J. Corbett

Let authors write for glory and reward. The truth is well paid when she is sung and heard.-James J. Corbett

As white authors, bloggers, and readers, we must stop promoting diversity as a business opportunity or a chance to buy ally points with our disposable income.-Jennifer Armintrout

As white authors, bloggers, and readers, we must stop promoting diversity as a business opportunity or a chance to buy ally points with our disposable income.-Jennifer Armintrout

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.-Orson Scott Card

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.-Orson Scott Card

Writers are always selling someone out.-Joan Didion

Writers are always selling someone out.-Joan Didion

Authors are sometimes like tomcats They distrust all the other toms but they are kind to kittens.-Malcolm Cowley

Authors are sometimes like tomcats They distrust all the other toms but they are kind to kittens.-Malcolm Cowley

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.-Gustave Flaubert

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.-Gustave Flaubert

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!-Ray Bradbury

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!-Ray Bradbury

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.-Robert A. Heinlein

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.-Robert A. Heinlein

The study of literature threatens to become a kind of paleontology of failure, and criticism a supercilious psychoanalysis of authors.-John Updike

The study of literature threatens to become a kind of paleontology of failure, and criticism a supercilious psychoanalysis of authors.-John Updike

There are so many good authors; there’s no shortage of them.-Jeanne Calment

There are so many good authors; there's no shortage of them.-Jeanne Calment

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.-E.L.Doctorow

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.-E.L.Doctorow

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.-W Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.-W Somerset Maugham

Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part, a fact which is often overlooked.-Judy Holliday

Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part, a fact which is often overlooked.-Judy Holliday

One of my favorite authors is Robert Cormier. He was a devout Catholic and a very nice man, which might not be the impression you get from reading his books.-Sara Zarr

One of my favorite authors is Robert Cormier. He was a devout Catholic and a very nice man, which might not be the impression you get from reading his books.-Sara Zarr

We see a new generation of Russian authors who are not divided from their Western contemporaries either culturally or philosophically.-Robert Gottlieb

We see a new generation of Russian authors who are not divided from their Western contemporaries either culturally or philosophically.-Robert Gottlieb

A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.-Joseph Conrad

A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.-Joseph Conrad

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.-Henry David Thoreau

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.-Henry David Thoreau

There are a lot of authors in the world, so it’s difficult to find a unique niche to present your take on things. That is always a challenge for any author.-Kareem Abdul Jabbar

There are a lot of authors in the world, so it's difficult to find a unique niche to present your take on things. That is always a challenge for any author.-Kareem Abdul Jabbar

The New Yorker’s fiction podcast I like a lot, where they have authors pick short stories by other authors that appeared in ‘The New Yorker.’-Gillian Jacobs

'The New Yorker's fiction podcast I like a lot, where they have authors pick short stories by other authors that appeared in 'The New Yorker.'-Gillian Jacobs

Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.-Anthony Burgess

Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.-Anthony Burgess

If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the riche.-David Brin

If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the riche.-David Brin

“I’ve had a lot of very positive feedback about those stories, and seem to have struck upon something that most people feel. I can also tap dance, and don’t know many other authors who can.-Paul Kane

I've had a lot of very positive feedback about those stories, and seem to have struck upon something that most people feel. I can also tap dance, and don't know many other authors who can.-Paul Kane

I think Judy Blume, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz are the three authors responsible for my being where I am today. I owe them a lot.-James Dashner

I think Judy Blume, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz are the three authors responsible for my being where I am today. I owe them a lot.-James Dashner

People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.-Herman Melville

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.-Herman Melville

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.-F.Scott Fitzgerald

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.-F.Scott Fitzgerald

I think that China has many outstanding authors, and their great works should also be recognised by the world.-Mo Yan

I think that China has many outstanding authors, and their great works should also be recognised by the world.-Mo Yan

All the information you need can be given in dialogue.-Elmore Leonard

All the information you need can be given in dialogue.-Elmore Leonard

The New Jedi Order’ was a pure publishing project a single massive story – virtually one huge novel spread across multiple volumes – told by a succession of authors.-Matthew Stover

'The New Jedi Order' was a pure publishing project a single massive story - virtually one huge novel spread across multiple volumes - told by a succession of authors.-Matthew Stover

Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.-Philip K.Dick

Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.-Philip K.Dick

Before I came to England, my favorite authors were P. G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie. I used to devour both.-Salman Rushdie

Before I came to England, my favorite authors were P. G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie. I used to devour both.-Salman Rushdie

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.-Erica Jong

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.-Erica Jong

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.-Ernest Hemingway

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.-Ernest Hemingway

I enjoyed reading all the classic authors like Isaac Asimov and Bradbury.-William Shatner

I enjoyed reading all the classic authors like Isaac Asimov and Bradbury.-William Shatner

“Paranormal fiction offers authors – and readers – the chance to answer the question, ‘What if’ All the different ways that question can be answered make for extremely entertaining reading.-Jeaniene Frost

Paranormal fiction offers authors - and readers - the chance to answer the question, 'What if' All the different ways that question can be answered make for extremely entertaining reading.-Jeaniene Frost

If you FAIL, never give up because FailL means First Attempt in Learning. END is not the end; in fact E.N.D. means Effort Never Dies-Abdul Kalam

If you FAIL, never give up because FailL means First Attempt in Learning. END is not the end; in fact E.N.D. means Effort Never Dies-Abdul Kalam

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.-Somerset Maughan

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.-Somerset Maughan