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
No author ever drew a character, consistent to human nature, but what he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
As so I penned it down, until at last it came to be, For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.
Writers, especially when they act in a body and with one direction, have great influence on the public mind.
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.
The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
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.
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.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
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