Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
— Sylvia Plath
Nice guys can't write.
— Knox Burger (Literary Agent)
Writing books is certainly a most unpleasant occupation. It is lonesome, unsanitary, and maddening. Many authors go crazy.
— H. L. Mencken
Writing is a profession in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.
— Jules Renard
Books for general reading always smell bad; the odor of common people hangs around them.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal.
— Leo Tolstoy
I hate books, for they only teach people to talk about what they don't understand.
— Jean-Jacques Rosseau