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What an author likes to write most is his ...
by Brendan Francis

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

At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and
powerful yearning for union with one's lost self.
- Brendan Francis

No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.
- Brendan Francis

A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.
- Brendan Francis

 

Inspirations never go in for long engagements;
they demand immediate marriage to action.
- Brendan Francis

If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.
- Brendan Francis

No man can discover his own talents.
- Brendan Francis

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Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.
- Brendan Francis

The prospect of success in achieving our most cherished
dream is not without its terrors.
Who is more deprived and alone than the man who has achieved his dream?
- Brendan Francis

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake
everything on obtaining it.
- Brendan Francis

A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a
rifle in the hands of an infantryman.
It speaks with authority.
- Brendan Francis

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

I have no intention of becoming a shorthand author.
- Isaac Pitman

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

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

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

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

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

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

The greatest king of Israel, King David,
the author of the Psalms, sent a man out to die in
battle so that he could sleep with his wife.
- Robert Duvall

The only living works are those which have drained
much of the author's own life into them.
- Samuel Butler

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

The prime goal of an author is the same as a musician,
which is to emotionally connect with the reader in some way or another.
- Ken Hill

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 wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember.
- Walter Jon Williams

Shakespeare is the true multicultural author.
He exists in all languages.
He is put on the stage everywhere.
Everyone feels that they are represented by him on the stage.
- Harold Bloom

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

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

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

In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author;
vision is confined,
means are limited, scope is restricted,
movements are labored, and results are humdrum.
- Joseph de Maistre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself;
in no wise hath she need of an author.
- Marquis de Sade

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


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