Authors Quotes

Fools admire everything in an author of reputation. For my part, I read only to please myself. I like only that which serves my purpose.

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice and just as the touch on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice […]

Those of us we have been true readers all our life fully realize the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors.

Authorship, according to the spirit in which it is pursued, is an infancy, a pastime, a labor, a handicraft, an art, a science, or a virtue.

The story is, I fear, suffocatingly subjective; the kind of thing I have never written before and shall probably never write again. I have tried so to write the first chapter that those who can’t bear such a story will see at once what they are in for and close the book with the least […]

You should be extending your stay among writers whose genius is unquestionable, deriving constant nourishment from them if you wish to gain anything from your reading that will find a lasting place in your mind. To be everywhere is to be nowhere. People who spend their whole life travelling abroad end up having plenty of […]

If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism. If you steal from two it’s research.

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.

An author is a fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on boring future generations.

I’m a commercial writer, not an “author.” Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.