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Authors Quotes

You can see zillions of books getting published every day and interestingly each of these books come with the tag of ‘best sellers’ on them even before they hit the stores. But have you ever wondered of all those innumerable books, how many of them possibly manage to get a place in your heart? Good books are the revelation of miraculous moments and their authors write them for the experience of writing them. The moments in which they write their books are the most joyous episodes of their life. Read these authors quotes to take a deep dive into authors’ mind.

Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now.

- Hugh Hefner

I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.

- Dame Agatha Christie

A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.

- Stanley Kubrick

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.

- Salman Rushdie

It is legal because I wish it.

- Louis XIV

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereign.

- Louis XIV

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

If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.

- Galileo Galilei

Most of the stuff I've read about me has been true.

- Willie Nelson

In the information age, you don't teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he'd have a talk show.

- Timothy Leary

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.

- Toni Morrison

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.

- Toni Morrison

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

- Andre Gide

Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes novels.

- P. G. Wodehouse

Success comes to a writer as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.

- P. G. Wodehouse

Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.

- J. G. Ballard

I've always spent more time with a smile on my face than not, but the thing is, I don't write about it.

- Robert Smith

I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning.

- Samuel Beckett

Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile... a stain upon the silence.

- Samuel Beckett

Writers are always selling somebody out.

- Joan Didion

She can't even chew gum and walk in a straight line, let alone write a book.

- Liam Gallagher

Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the trick

- Raymond Chandler

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever after wards.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.

- Edith Wharton

I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.

- Edith Wharton

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder

- Saint Thomas Aquinas

I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up.

- Lenny Bruce

I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.

- Robert Frost

A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.

- Vladimir Nabokov

No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic characters as Chekhov has.

- Vladimir Nabokov

The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.

- John Steinbeck

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

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

- Thomas Mann

I'm a believer. I don't go to church. I don't belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn't write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief.

- Nick Cave

I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange.

- Nick Cave

The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready.

- Steve Martin

Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers.

- Mel Brooks

The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.

- George Santayana

In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.

- Seamus Heaney

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