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Malcolm Cowley Quotes and Sayings

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Authors are sometimes like tomcats: They distrust all
the other toms but they are kind to kittens.
- Malcolm Cowley

Be kind and considerate with your criticism...
It's just as hard to write a bad book as it is to write a good book.
- Malcolm Cowley

Age is not different from earlier life as long as you're sitting down.
- Malcolm Cowley

They tell you that you'll lose your mind when you grow older.
What they don't tell you is that you won't miss it very much.
- Malcolm Cowley

 

It would have been the equivalent of Jackson Pollock's
attempts to copy the Sistine Chapel.
- Malcolm Cowley

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.
- Malcolm Cowley

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations...
The quotations, when engraved upon the memory, give you good thoughts.
They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
- Winston Churchill

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In England only uneducated people show off their knowledge;
nobody quotes Latin or Greek authors in the course of conversation,
unless he has never read them.
- George Mikes

Levi is one of the best authors I've ever read.
It's hard not to have an immediate personal response to his work.
He has such a quiet tone.
- John Turturro

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper
to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful
and entertaining authors.
- David Viscott

The key factor is whether the agent is a member of
the Association of Authors' Representatives,
which screens its members and requires them to uphold a Canon of Ethics.
- Richard Curtis

There are certain authors that do not turn students on;
it is the truth.
Homer happens to be one of them.
- William Scott

Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.
- George Orwell

I thought it was amazing to work with authors,
to get a manuscript and try to make up a cover for it.
- Dick Bruna

November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community
Centers all around the country have book fairs where
they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays.
- Anita Diament

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead,
but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
- Thomas Hobbes

All great authors are seers.
- George Henry Lewes

God authors desires in your heart, then fulfills His
Will by enabling you to realize those desires.
- Edwin Louis Cole

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink,
old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
- Athenaeus

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is
not entirely a rational and conscious one.
- Salman Rushdie

Authors want their names down in history;
I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney.
- Mickey Spillane

Authors like cats because they are such quiet,
lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
- Robertson Davies

You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse,
abandon your children.
But they remain your co-authors forever.
- Ellen Goodman

Composers, like authors, have a lot in common.
Our main goal is to connect with the listener emotionally.
- Ken Hill

The Internet offers authors and their readers a new
diversity of opportunities and freedom.
- Frederick Forsyth

Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors
and composers have written a good part,
a fact which is often overlooked.
- Judy Holliday

Let us hope that good authors who are bad Christians
will find salvation through the books they write.
- Julien Green

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

In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read;
others you may read for your own satisfaction,
but not name them.
- John Selden

The world is crawling with authors touring now.
They're like performance artists.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

When audiences come to see us authors lecture,
it is largely in the hope that we'll be funnier to look at than to read.
- Sinclair Lewis

Even the contemporary horror authors who have seriously
influenced me are a disparate bunch.
- George Stephen

Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only
use four-letter words writing prose...
anything goes.
- Cole Porter

I have this theory that the likeability question comes
up so much more with female characters created by female
authors than it does with male characters and male authors.
- Curtis Sittenfeld

Nature, when she invented, manufactured,
and patented her authors, contrived to make critics
out of the chips that were left.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Theology made no provision for evolution.
The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all!
Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
- E. O. Wilson

Read.
Read.
Read.
Just don't read one type of book.
Read different books by various authors so that you
develop different styles.
- R. L. Stine

Most books, like their authors, are born to die;
of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them;
they live,
and their influence lives forever.
- William Styron

There are so many good authors; there's no shortage of them.
- Jeanne Calment

It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single
one of them dares to expose his true character.
Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
- Franz Grillparzer

Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire.
- J. K. Rowling

Try to meet as many authors, agents,
and editors as you can.
- Walter Jon Williams

A study in the Washington Post says that women have
better verbal skills than men.
I just want to say to the authors of that study:
'Duh.'
- Conan O'Brien

Age appears to be best in four things;
old wood best to burn,
old wine to drink, old friends to trust,
and old authors to read.
- Francis Bacon

Now it is quite clear to me that there are no solid spheres in the heavens,
and those that have been devised by the authors to save the appearances,
exist only in the imagination.
- Tycho Brahe

I enjoyed reading all the classic authors like Isaac Asimov and Bradbury.
- William Shatner

Many contemporary authors drink more than they write.
- Maxim Gorky

If you can find collaborators whose strengths compliment your own,
the result can be more than the sum of its authors.
- Walter Jon Williams

Focus in on the genre you want to write,
and read books in that genre.
A LOT of books by a variety of authors.
And read with questions in your mind.
- Nicholas Sparks

Authors from whom others steal should not complain,
but rejoice.
Where there is no game there are no poachers.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which
Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour,
as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.
- Joseph Addison

Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely,
given the numbers of books that were written because
authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
- Alain de Botton

I've always wondered why there isn't a great French
novel about the German occupation.
The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.
- Manuel Puig

The first pork-barrel bill that crosses my desk,
I'm going to veto it and make the authors of those
pork-barrel items famous all over America.
- John McCain

God will finish what He authors, but He is not obligated
to finish what He has not authored.
- Edwin Louis Cole

I can't speak for the other authors,
but what I hoped to achieve was to illuminate certain
corners of the Lucas universe that hadn't yet been explored.
- Walter Jon Williams

Of the female black authors, I really like Morrison's early books a lot.
But she's really become so much a clone of Faulkner.
He did it better.
- Leslie Fiedler

Great authors are admirable in this respect:
in every generation they make for disagreement.
Through them we become aware of our differences.
- Andre Gide

Though by whim, envy, or resentment led,
they damn those authors whom they never read.
- Charles Churchill

I think authors can get into trouble viewing the subject matter as their turf.
- Laura Hillenbrand

A pin has as much head as some authors and a good deal more point.
- George Dennison Prentice

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

Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war,
as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states.
- Elizabeth I

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

Let authors write for glory and reward.
The truth is well paid when she is sung and heard.
- James J. Corbett

There were speeches made in Congress in the very last
session before the outbreak of the Rebellion,
so ferocious as to show that their authors were under
the influence of a real frenzy.
- Edward Everett

Then, of course, there are those sad occasions when
a poet or a writer has not grown,
and one has to let them go because they're just not making headway.
But we have a very clear personal relationship with the authors.
- James Laughlin

I have a private press.
I'm a book artist.
I publish books of other authors and artists.
I do the illustrating.
I set the type.
I print it myself on my press.
I do everything but bind it.
- Gloria Stuart

Some authors have a very hard time understanding that
in order to be faithful to the spirit of the book,
it's almost always impossible to remain faithful to the text.
You have to make changes.
- Richard Russo

In the history of literature there are many great enduring
works which were not published in the lifetimes of the authors.
If the authors had not achieved self-affirmation while writing,
how could they have continued to write?
- Gao Xingjian

We see them when they come to New York.
They stay at my wife's apartment.
We have quite a correspondence with them at all times.
They play a very important role, the authors in the firm,
because so much of the material we publish is suggested by them.
- James Laughlin


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