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Author Quotes

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If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic Think and Grow Rich)

Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less.
- Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven(R) Life)

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- The Buddha

 

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected?
I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us.
It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot,
we must ourselves be its author and finisher.
As a nation of freemen, we must live
through all time, or die by suicide.
- Abraham Lincoln

The future author is one who discovers that language,
the exploration and manipulation of the resources of language,
will serve him in winning through to his way.
- Thornton Wilder

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention
to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read
it in the original author?
- Philip Gilbert Hamerton


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When a French book becomes an international hit it
is because of the author and not because of the language.
The same goes for movies.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

A publisher should always be on the receiving end.
He should take an interest in almost any subject and remain anonymous,
letting the author take center stage.
- Cass Canfield

When an author is too meticulous about his style,
you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Now I'm not an author, I'm a writer,
that's all I am.
- Mickey Spillane

If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in
his judgment of his own works,
no less are they in his reader.
- Sarah Fielding

It appears a bold thing to say so when one sees how
much many a modern author who knows how to make a skilful
use of the Book of Chronicles has to tell about the tabernacle.
- Julius Wellhausen

Call me the author.
- Joan Didion

There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book,
than in being the first author of the thought.
- Pierre Bayle

But to me I find Francis Bacon the most likely candidate to be the author.
- Mark Rylance

The prosecutor, who is supposed to carry the burden of proof,
really is an author.
- Scott Turow

The style of an author should be the image of his mind,
but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.
- Edward Gibbon

I suppose if I was to have to pick a few,
Ursula LeGuin would have to top the list.
It was while reading her work that I decided I wanted to be an author.
- Sarah Zettel

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous
vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
- Logan P. Smith

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock;
it needs more than native wit to be an author.
- Jean de la Bruyere

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it,
and get sensible people to read it, are the three great
difficulties in being an author.
- Charles Caleb Colton

What an author likes to write most is his signature on the back of a cheque.
- Brendan Francis

Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers.
Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the
ladder and writes novels.
- P. G. Wodehouse

When the characters are really alive before their author,
the latter does nothing but follow them in their action,
in their words, in the situations which they suggest to him.
- Luigi Pirandello

I consider myself an inventor, entrepreneur,
and author.
- Ray Kurzweil

The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe,
present everywhere and visible nowhere.
- Gustave Flaubert

Hey, over here!
Have your picture taken with a reclusive author!
Today only, we'll throw in a free autograph!
But wait, there's more!
- Thomas Pynchon

Why should any man have power over any other man's faith,
seeing Christ Himself is the author of it?
- George Fox

When a Benefit is wrongly conferred,
the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.
- Plato

Robert Louis Stevenson...
I'm focusing on the late short stories that I was ignorant of.
I always thought he was a boys' author,
but he's not at all.
- Jane Birkin

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life is the most versatile thing under the sun;
and in the pursuit of life and character the author
who works in a groove works in blinkers.
- Laurence Housman

An author departs, he does not die.
- Dinah Maria Mulock

What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.
- Logan P. Smith

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with,
insists on boring future generations.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Certainly the most diverse, if minor,
pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author.
- Arthur Miller

For a dyed-in-the-wool author, nothing is as dead as
a book once it is written.
She is rather like a cat whose kittens have grown up.
- Rumer Godden

I don't think the author should make the reader do
that much work to remember who somebody is.
- Kevin J. Anderson

My parents were horrified when I told them I wanted to be an author.
- Lloyd Alexander

The difference between an author and a horse is that
the horse doesn't understand the horse dealer's language.
- Max Frisch

All the best performers bring to their role something more,
something different than what the author put on paper.
That's what makes theatre live.
That's why it persists.
- Stephen Sondheim

No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic
characters as Chekhov has.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Anyone who wants simple, pat stories should buy another author's product.
The real universe ain't that way, and neither are my fictive ones.
- David Brin

Who learns most from a good book is the author.
- Jose Bergamin

In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.
- Voltaire

There is one Quality, which has somewhat so heavenly in it;
that by so much the more we are possess'd of it,
by so much the more we draw nearer to the Great Author of Nature.
- Eliza Haywood

A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one,
it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
- Aldous Huxley

I hate the actor and audience business.
An author should be in among the crowd,
kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.
- David Herbert Lawrence

The author himself is the best judge of his own performance;
none has so deeply meditated on the subject;
none is so sincerely interested in the event.
- Edward Gibbon

In writing the history of a disease,
every philosophical hypothesis whatsoever,
that has previously occupied the mind of the author,
should lie in abeyance.
- Thomas Sydenham

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

The difference is slight, to the influence of an author,
whether he is read by 500 readers, or by five hundred thousand;
if he can select the 500,
he reaches the five hundred thousand.
- Brooks Adams

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying
rightly a thought one finds in a book,
than in being the first author of that thought.
- Pierre Bayle

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation,
the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Oh, I think every author is inspired by all of the books that she reads.
- Cornelia Funke

A creation of importance can only be produced when
its author isolates himself,
it is a child of solitude.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I have never known a novel that was good enough to
be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.
- Edith Wharton

An SF author who reads only SF will have little new to contribute,
but someone with a broader experience will bring more to the table.
- Walter Jon Williams

An author who speaks about their own books is almost
as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.
- Benjamin Disraeli

One way an author dies a little each day is when his books go out of print.
- William Goldman

There is an element of autobiography in all fiction
in that pain or distress,
or pleasure, is based on the author's own.
But in my case that is as far as it goes.
- William Trevor

One of the great currents in the contemporary experience
of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author.
- Anish Kapoor

Quotations are slippery things, really.
A brief sentence or phrase, often repeated -
always completely out of its original context -
and sometimes not an accurate representation
of the author's original words, let alone his intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Readers always seem to think that the author has some
control over the design of their books.
- Donald Norman

The things I write are for those who are willing to
accept a new relationship between the reader and the author.
- Jerzy Kosinski

How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I have been told by hospital authorities that more
copies of my works are left behind by departing patients
than those of any other author.
- Robert Benchley

I shall be but a shrimp of an author.
- Thomas Gray

For success, the author must make the reader care about
the destiny of the principals,
and sustain this anxiety, or suspense,
for about 100,000 words.
- Ken Follett

With a film, I do my best to understand the author's
intentions and try to bring the characters to life.
- Bruce Beresford


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