Quotes About Authors

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Alain de Botton
“One kind of good book should leave you asking: how did the author know that about me?”
Alain de Botton

Dan Brown
“Authors, he thought. Even the sane ones are nuts.”
Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

Italo Calvino
“It's better not to know authors personally, because the real person never corresponds to the image you form of him from reading his books.”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Christopher Hopper
“Well, writing novels is incredibly simple: an author sits down…and writes.

Granted, most writers I know are a bit strange.

Some, downright weird.

But then again, you’d have to be.

To spend hundreds and hundreds of hours sitting in front of a computer screen staring at lines of information is pretty tedious. More like a computer programmer. And no matter how cool the Matrix made looking at code seem, computer programmers are even weirder than authors.”
Christopher Hopper

Red Haircrow
“I write to believe in goodness.”
Red Haircrow

Miguel Serrano
“As with men, it has always seemed to me that books have their own peculiar destinies. They go towards the people who are waiting for them and reach them at the right moment. They are made of living material and continue to cast light through the darkness long after the death of their authors.”
Miguel Serrano, C.G. Jung and Hermann Hesse: A Book of Two Friendships

“Write from the heart. A book without a pulse is like a person without a spirit." Linda Radke, President of Five Star Publications”
Linda F. Radke

Philip Larkin
“There is bad in all good authors: what a pity the converse isn't true!”
Philip Larkin, Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica

John Green
“In the end, what makes a book valuable is not the paper it’s printed on, but the thousands of hours of work by dozens of people who are dedicated to creating the best possible reading experience for you.”
John Green

Gabrielle Zevin
“Despite the fact that he loves books and owns a bookstore, A.J. does not particularly care for writers. He finds them to be unkempt, narcissistic, silly, and generally unpleasant people. He tries to avoid the ones who've written books he loves for fear that they will ruin their books for him.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Andrew Clements
“And I love Jane Austen's use of language too--the way she takes her time to develop a phrase and gives it room to grow, so that these clever, complex statements form slowly and then bloom in my mind. Beethoven does the same thing with his cadence and phrasing and structure. It's a fact: Jane Austen is musical. And so's Yeats. And Wordsworth. All the great writers are musical.”
Andrew Clements, Things Hoped For

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Bare lists of words are found suggestive to an imaginative and excited mind.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rukhsana Khan
“I have a pesky little critic in the back of my mind. He's a permanent fixture and passes judgment on everything I write.

In order to placate him, especially when I'm endeavoring to write anything as ambitious as a novel, I have to constantly mutter, 'I'm not writing a masterpiece, I'm not writing a masterpiece.'

This mantra lulls him into a kind of stupor so that he pays no attention to what I'm doing, because after all, I'm not claiming it's any good. Slowly, and secretly, one page at a time, I write my story.

I know I've succeeded when he grudgingly admits, 'That's pretty good.' And if I'm lucky, every once in a while, I blow him away.”
Rukhsana Khan

John Lanchester
“The standard personality type for a writer is a shy megalomaniac.”
John Lanchester

Meagan Spooner
“Writer's block' is just a fancy way of saying 'I don't feel like doing any work today.”
Meagan Spooner

“I would not employ an author to referee a Ping-Pong match. By their very nature they are biased and bloody-minded. Better put a fox in a henhouse than to ask an author to judge his peers. (in a letter to the Governor General about the GA's Literary Awards & his issue--among others--with the judging system, 1981)”
Jack McClelland, Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters

P.G. Wodehouse
“My Aunt Dahlia, who runs a woman's paper called Milady's Boudoir, had recently backed me into a corner and made me promise to write her a few words for her "Husbands and Brothers" page on "What the Well-Dressed Man is Wearing". I believe in encouraging aunts, when deserving; and, as there are many worse eggs than her knocking about the metrop, I had consented blithely. But I give you my honest word that if I had had the foggiest notion of what I was letting myself in for, not even a nephew's devotion would have kept me from giving her the raspberry. A deuce of a job it had been, taxing the physique to the utmost. I don't wonder now that all these author blokes have bald heads and faces like birds who have suffered.”
P.G. Wodehouse

Shannon L. Alder
“Writing romantic fiction is the second chance that loved ones denied us.”
Shannon L. Alder

Santosh Avvannavar
“True Devdas are Authors”
Santosh Avvannavar, Surrogate Author

Lindy Dale
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum. ~Graycie Harmon”
Lindy Dale, Heart of Glass

Chloe Thurlow
“Between the lines of every book the writer reveals their own secrets.”
Chloe Thurlow, The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena

Graham Greene
“I doubt if ever one ceases to love, but one can cease to be in love as easily as one can outgrow an author one admired as a boy.”
Graham Greene, Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party

Kate Morton
“It'll be a change," says Marcus. "Something different."
"Not a mystery."
Marcus laughs. "No. Not a mystery. Just a nice safe history."
Ah, my darling. But there is no such thing.”
Kate Morton, The House at Riverton

Salman Rushdie
“When a book leaves its author's desk it changes. Even before anyone has read it, before eyes other than its creator's have looked upon a single phrase, it is irretrievably altered. It has become a book that can be read, that no longer belongs to its maker. It has acquired, in a sense, free will. It will make its journey through the world and there is no longer anything the author can do about it. Even he, as he looks at its sentences, reads them differently now that they can be read by others. They look like different sentences. The book has gone out into the world and the world has remade it.”
Salman Rushdie, Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Philip L. Moore
“If you can read & write then the opportunities are endless, if you just believe in yourself then anything is possible, you can become anyone and do anything, what’s more is, you can take others with you!”
Philip L. Moore

“When many story-tellers occupy themselves with a social world which offers no great variety of lively action, their stories will probably resemble one another as to many of the major incidents, and if they draw on these limited resources like spend thrifts such resemblances will be inevitable--and therefore not significant.”
Mary Lascelles, Jane Austen And Her Art

Kim Edwards
“Rows and rows of books lined the shelves and I let my eyes linger on the sturdy spines, thinking how human books were, so full of ideas and images, worlds imagined, worlds perceived; full of fingerprints and sudden laughter and the sighs of readers, too. It was humbling to consider all these authors, struggling with this word or that phrase, recording their thoughts for people they'd never meet. In that same way, the detritus of the boxes was humbling - receipts, jotted notes, photos with no inscriptions, all of it once held together by the fabric of lives now finished, gone.”
Kim Edwards, The Lake of Dreams

Terena Scott
“If you are working with authors, you are accepting a great responsibility and must tread very carefully. The author's work is a part of herself, a creative endeavor she has poured her heart and soul into. Protecting and nurturing that work and the author is part of the job of a publisher.”
Terena Scott, What You Need to Know to Be a Pro; The Business Start-Up Guide for Publishers

E.A. Bucchianeri
“All trademarks, company names, registered names, products, characters, mottos, logos, jingles and catchphrases used or cited in this work are the property of their respective owners and have only been mentioned and or used as cultural references to enhance the narrative and in no way were used to disparage or harm the owners and their companies. It is the author's sincerest wish the owners of the cited trademarks, company names, etc. appreciate the success they have achieved in making their products household names and appreciate the free plug.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

“The finder of his theme will be at no loss for words.”
J.V. Cunningham

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