Authors

  • I have always been of the opinion that no more needs to be expected of an author than she should write books.


    Authors, Expectations, Writers

  • Literature isn't a moral beauty contest.


    Authors, literature

  • Anyone could write a novel given six weeks, pen, paper and no telephone or wife.


    Authors, Writers

  • If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.


    Authors

  • You just have to work with what God sends and if God doesn’t seem to understand the concept of commercial success, then that’s your bad luck.


    Authors, Writers

  • Authors with a mortgage never get writers block.


    Authors, Writers

  • To my daughter Leonora, without whose never failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time.


    Authors

  • If an author intoxicated with success hasn’t a friend, he goes and embraces his concierge.


    Authors

  • When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
    [advice to writers]


    Authors, Writers

  • It is the most sincere compliment to an author to misquote him. It means that his work has become a part of our mind and not merely of our library.


    Authors

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


    Authors

  • I know no person so perfectly disagreeable and even dangerous as an author.


    Authors

  • Mr Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.


    Authors, Writers

  • Just as Voltaire attributed everything good to a China he had never seen, so La Fayette idealised an America he had forgotten.


    Authors, Writers

  • He never leaves off and he always has two packages of the manuscript in his desk beside the one he is working on and the one that is being published.
    [on her husband Anthony Trollope]


    Authors

  • Authors are judged by strange capricious rule. The great are thought mad, and the small ones fools.


    Authors

  • Those of us who had a perfectly happy childhood should be able to sue for deprivation of literary royalties.


    Authors, Writers

  • The humour of Dostoyevsky is the humour of a bar loafer who ties a kettle to a dog’s tail.


    Authors

  • Mr Ruskin whose distinction it was to express in prose of incomparable grandeur, thought of an unparalleled confusion.


    Authors, Writers

  • The defendant, Mr Haddock, is among other things an author, which fact should alone dispose you in the plaintiff’s favour.


    Authors

  • The nicest old lady I ever met.
    [on Henry James]


    Authors