Among the many inconsistencies which folly produces or infirmity suffers in the human mind, there has often been observed a manifest and striking contrariety between the life of an author and his writings… Those whom the appearance of virtue or the evidence of genius has tempted to a nearer knowledge of the writer, in whose […]
The fact that the author thinks slowly is not serious, but the fact that he publishes faster than he thinks is inexcusable.
A work of art has an author and yet, when it is perfect, it has something which is anonymous about it.
The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.
In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgement.
Some authors should be paid by the quantity not written.
Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence.
Some judge of authors’ names, not works, and then; Nor praise nor blame the writings, but the men.
Someone told a newly published author that every word in his book could be found in another book. Stunned, the author requested a copy of that other book. The man sent him a dictionary.
Those authors are to be read at schools that supply most axioms of prudence.