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Author: A fool who, not content with having bored ...
by Baron de Montesquieu

Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him,
insists on tormenting generations to come.
- Baron de Montesquieu

A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
- Baron de Montesquieu

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.

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

 

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

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

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

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I have relaxed into my persona as an author,
although I used to fight that.
- David Guterson

The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect,
at least if the author is concentrating.
- John M. Ford

I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction.
So in that respect my writing can't be like any other author's really.
- Paul Kane

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

The way a book is read, which is to say,
the qualities a reader brings to a book can have as
much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.
- Norman Cousins

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

It seems to me that an author who has determined very
new domains in literature is Gertrude Stein.
- Raymond Queneau

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

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

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

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

The burning of an author's books, imprisonment for opinion's sake,
has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays
to the genius of its time.
- Joseph Lewis

The more gifted and talkative one's characters are,
the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
- 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

Like the philosopher, the author views his task as
one of establishing a clear connection between life and history,
and of making the past bear fruit for the present and future.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters,
stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews,
to challenge every new author.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is conceivable that what is unified form to the
author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience.
- Charles Ives

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

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

He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole
contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
- Thomas Paine

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

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

All fiction becomes autobiographical when the author has true talent.
- Jeanne Moreau

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

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

I think of myself as a very lazy author.
- Neil Gaiman

A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself,
and then publishes for money.
I write for myself and publish just for the reader.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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

You know what the critics are.
If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical
and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I think people enjoy a series.
When you like a story, many readers want more of the same,
which is dandy, if the author and the characters have more to say.
- Sarah Zettel

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

The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author's life.
- Andre Maurois

No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature,
but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Your source material is the people you know,
not those you don't know, but every character is an
extension of the author's own personality.
- Edward Albee

If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism.
If you steal from two, it's research.
- John Burke

The author knows just what he wants to illustrate and
how he would like it to be done.
- Louis Leakey

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

Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author's intent;
this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.
- John M. Ford

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose an author as you choose a friend.
- Arthur Helps

Book tours are almost designed to beat out of an author
any affection he has for his book.
- Michael Lewis

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

At dramatic rehearsals, the only author that's better
than an absent one is a dead one.
- George S. Kaufman

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

Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the
variations in style and genre,
as long as they get that sense of story,
of character, of empathetic involvement.
- Dean Koontz

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

Asking the author of historical novels to teach you
about history is like expecting the composer of a melody
to provide answers about radio transmission.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

I took up a sort of a hobby of just hanging around the local library.
I'd pick out an author and I would read all their books.
- Tom T. Hall

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

Writing a song is much like being an author.
Yes, we all have tools to write (everyone has a brain I hope!),
but that doesn't all of a sudden make us best selling authors.
- Ken Hill

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

I did about 2000 covers altogether, for all sorts of books -
from Shakespeare to James Bond -
and I always had the idea that I must give 100%,
no matter who the author was.
- Dick Bruna

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 think that every so-called history book and film
biography should be prefaced by the statement that
what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances.
- Barbara Kruger

I'm a commercial writer, not an author.
Margaret Mitchell was an author.
She wrote one book.
- Mickey Spillane

The author of the Iliad is either Homer or,
if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
- Aldous Huxley

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

What makes a book great, a so-called classic,
it its quality of always being modern,
of its author, though he be long dead,
continuing to speak to each new generation.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero;
but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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