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 […]

It is advantageous to an authour, that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck only at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.

When we encounter a natural style we are always surprised and delighted, for we thought to see an author and found a man.

It is easy to criticize an author, but difficult to appreciate him.

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.