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A literary critic is someone who can't write,
by Brian Lumley

A literary critic is someone who can't write,
but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!
- Brian Lumley

Now, when I was in the Army, writing was my hobby.
- Brian Lumley

I should think just about every young writer -
which I was at the time -
would be influenced by HPL.
As an American writer of weird fiction,
he was at the top of the class.
- Brian Lumley

But there's a little guy who sits astride my brain with a whip,
and if I'm away from the machine for more than a couple of hours during the day,
this little guy's lashing away.
- Brian Lumley

 

The amazing thing now is that most of those so-called
critics who were telling me to find my own voice seem to have lost theirs.
- Brian Lumley

Writers are in the entertainment business,
and it gives me lots of pleasure to entertain my readers.
- Brian Lumley

We've got one life and the older we get the more we
come to realize how short it is.
- Brian Lumley

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And I have to consider myself fortunate,
because there are plenty of writers who spend most
of a lifetime looking for that certain something without ever finding it.
- Brian Lumley

But other vampire stories? Well, no,
I really haven't read too many,
and I can't say I'm crazy about romantic vampires anyway -
to me the vampire is simply an evil monster.
- Brian Lumley

Now, after 18 years, not a sign of Lovecraft in my work.
- Brian Lumley

There are lots of other things that I haven't done,
places I haven't seen.
So eventually I'll have to find time for those things
while there still is time.
- Brian Lumley

If I had killed Crow off I can think of least six novels
I would never have written,
400,000 words' worth of very necessary experience.
- Brian Lumley

I have friends who read my books in Greek.
- Brian Lumley

The Army was my bread and butter.
- Brian Lumley

I'll know when the ideas aren't fresh anymore.
And I'll know when writing doesn't give me a thrill anymore.
- Brian Lumley

But I've found that to talk too much about movies is the kiss of death.
If it happens then it happens, is all.
- Brian Lumley

If, like Harry Keogh, I could talk to the dead -
God,
there are an awful lot of people I would like to speak to!
Not least my father.
Being in the army for 22 years, I didn't see enough of him,
and I know there are a great many things I could have learned from him.
- Brian Lumley

German readers are much like Brits or Americans:
They read for the thrill of it,
the occasional shudder down the spine,
knowing it's not real - but looking over their shoulders anyway,
just in case.
- Brian Lumley

When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.
- Stephen King

Doesn't all experience crumble in the end to mere literary material?
- Ellen Glasgow

They are the literary equivalent of sequins on an evening dress.
- Stefan Kanfer

First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical.
The political side is required principally because
of the necessity of the current Russian position.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader;
the role of the editor is to mediate.
- John Barton

All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee
fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
- John Cheever

The first epics were intended for recitation;
the literary epic is meant to be read.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

The literary culture, if you examine it,
the high literary culture is that which preserves the
government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
- Kathy Acker

The more melancholy side of my literary personality
is much in tune with BS Johnson's.
- Jonathan Coe

Bridget Jones is part of literary lore now and actually
to be a part of it is enormously flattering.
- Colin Firth

The real literary editors have mostly been fired.
Those that remain are all "bottom line" editors;
everything depends on the money.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

We now open our mail with gloves and mask,
though I can't imagine why anyone would target a literary agency!
- Richard Curtis

Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life.
- Rick Moody

If a literary man puts together two words about music,
one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered
by a writer to a lover of books.
- Gaston Bachelard

It took me fifty years to deal with the Holocaust at all.
And I did it in a literary way.
- Leonard Baskin

So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for
their entire literary environment and subject matter.
- Donna Tartt

My literary success meant nothing to me.
- Taylor Caldwell

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary
field which has no limits,
no parameters whatsoever.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Sex in a woman's world has the same currency a penny has in a man's.
Every penny saved is a penny earned in one world and
in the next every sexual adventure is a literary experience.
- Harry Golden

Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.
- Paul Ricoeur

The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns
of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary
mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel.
- Norman Spinrad

The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.
- Ken Follett

Emerson was the chief figure in the American transcendental movement,
a fact that complicates all accounts of him in literary or cultural history.
- Howard Mumford Jones

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create
a literary vision of the new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature,
that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
- Thomas Carlyle

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius,
but his greatest danger is always that he will not
recognize when he is dull.
- Louis Auchincloss

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being
a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain
free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
- Joyce Maynard

The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very,
style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary
productions of earlier and later times.
- Philip Schaff

I spent the first twenty years of my writing career
preparing for the mystery genre,
which is my favorite literary form.
- Sue Grafton

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind.
That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
- Anne Stevenson

When authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays,
everybody assumes that's the end.
Here's another who's never going to write well again.
- Richard Russo

Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic,
obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes.
- Leon Edel

It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours
was to be a literary partnership.
- Mary A. Ward

I read a book a day when I was a kid.
My family was not literary; we did not have any books in the house.
- Amy Tan

Let your literary compositions be kept from the public
eye for nine years at least.
- Horace

I was editor of my high school literary magazine and
a reporter for the school newspaper.
- Jeffery Deaver

There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

When I put together a graphic novel,
I don't think about literary prose.
I think about storytelling.
- Ted Rall

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive,
divisionist, literary.
- Robert Delaunay

There can be no literary equivalent to truth.
- Laura Riding

I would say that there is no future for literary studies
as such in the United States.
- Harold Bloom

The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -
and even,
in certain respects, would be - the most modern of critical movements.
- Paul de Man

Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre,
and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise -
nobody need read it,
but anybody can do it.
- Marilyn Hacker

The novel is not so much a literary genre,
but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.
- Jose Saramago

I dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help
readers read and understand literature.
It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
- Anne Stevenson

Literary fiction, as a strict genre,
is all but dead.
Meanwhile, most genres flourish.
- Dean Koontz

I use the language I use to my friends.
They wouldn't believe me if I used some high-flown literary language.
I want them to believe me.
- Adrian Mitchell

A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise
of a literary profession,
has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter,
when one comes to write about it.
- Mary A. Ward

I might have simply settled down into an armchair literary life.
I really don't know exactly why I didn't.
- Edward Carpenter

I don't want to promote my own image either.
I don't like going on television or mixing in literary circles.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year,
must alter; he must seek new literary influences;
he will have different emotions to express.
- T. S. Eliot


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