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Quotations revealing some trenchant wisdom on the creative, marketing and editing processes of the writer's work, beginning and ending with the inimitable Douglas Adams.


Writing is easy. You only need to stare at a piece of blank paper until your forehead bleeds

Douglas Adams


No author ever drew a character, consistent to human nature, but what he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton


As so I penned it down, until at last it came to be, For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.

John Bunyan


Writers, especially when they act in a body and with one direction, have great influence on the public mind.

Edmund Burke


The pen is the tongue of the mind.



Dear authors! suit your topics to your strength, And ponder well your subject, and its length; Nor lift your lad, before you're quite aware What weight your shoulders will, or will not, bear.

Lord Byron


The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.

Benjamin Disraeli


You write with ease, to show your breeding, But easy writing's curst hard reading.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan


Whatever hath been written shall remain, Nor be erased nor written o'er again; The unwritten only still belongs to thee: Take heed, and ponder well, what that shall be.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


E'en copious Dryden wanted, or forgot, The last and greatest art - the art to blot.

Alexander Pope


I have observed that vulgar readers almost always lose their veneration for the writings of the genius with whom they have had personal intercourse.

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges


All authors to their own defects are blind.

John Dryden


I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Douglas Adams








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that last one . . .

. . . speaks for me! : ) Thanks for gathering these, Rosy.

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Anachronist advice, much of it, Evie,

but amusing in the light of today's literary scene.