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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)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I would very much like to become a best-selling author.
- Manuel Puig

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

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

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

When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed;
for we expected to see an author,
and we find a person.
- Blaise Pascal

There is an element of autobiography in all fiction
in that pain or distress,
or pleasure, is based on the author's own.
But in my case that is as far as it goes.
- William Trevor

Life is the most versatile thing under the sun;
and in the pursuit of life and character the author
who works in a groove works in blinkers.
- Laurence Housman

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

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

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

No, it's not a very good story - its author was too
busy listening to other voices to listen as closely
as he should have to the one coming from inside.
- Stephen King

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

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

If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet,
he never would have written Macbeth.
- Joyce Brothers

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

With any work worth its salt, you have to trust the
author enough to take its measure.
And if you apply too many preconceptions,
you are not taking its measure.
- Art Spiegelman

An author knows his landscape best; he can stand around,
smell the wind, get a feel for his place.
- Tony Hillerman

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

If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in
his judgment of his own works,
no less are they in his reader.
- Sarah Fielding

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

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

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

Hey, over here!
Have your picture taken with a reclusive author!
Today only, we'll throw in a free autograph!
But wait, there's more!
- Thomas Pynchon

With the marketing pressures driving the book world today,
it's much easier to get the author of a memoir on a
television show than a serious novelist.
- David Halberstam

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock;
it needs more than native wit to be an author.
- Jean de la Bruyere

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

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

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

Call me the author.
- Joan Didion

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

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

An author departs, he does not die.
- Dinah Maria Mulock

If the work is poor, the public taste will soon do it justice.
And the author, reaping neither glory nor fortune,
will learn by hard experience how to correct his mistakes.
- Jacques-Louis David

Our life is a book that writes itself and whose principal
themes sometimes escape us.
We are like characters in a novel who do not always
understand what the author wants of them.
- Julien Green

Quotations are slippery things, really.
A brief sentence or phrase, often repeated -
always completely out of its original context -
and sometimes not an accurate representation
of the author's original words, let alone his intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

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

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

For success, the author must make the reader care about
the destiny of the principals,
and sustain this anxiety, or suspense,
for about 100,000 words.
- Ken Follett


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