There is nothing more powerful than words, use them wisely, for they can comfort or wound
and once spoken they cannot be taken back again, not even with an apology.
Choose an author as you would choose a friend.
When I am dead, I hope it may be said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.'
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
True ease of writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.
To write well express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.
It came from mine own heart. So to my head. And thence into my fingers it trickled; Then to my pen,
from whence immediately on paper I did dribble it daintily.
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
Arthur Conan Doyle
If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.
People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise
W. Somerset Maugham
A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
Kenneth Tynan, New York Times
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things
worth reading or do things worth writing.
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.
He was my North, my South, my East, my West, my working week and my Sunday rest,
my noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.
W.H. Auden 'Funeral Blues'
Opening her eyes again, and seeing her husband's face across the table, she leaned forward
to give it a pat on the cheek, and sat down to supper, declaring it to be the best face in the world.
Love is a grave mental disease.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession
of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife
Jane Austen - Pride and Predudice
Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.
The lark's on the wing; The snails on the thorn: God's in his heaven - All's right with the world !
The best remedy for those who are afraid,lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be....
Some day I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away.
Clarence Darrow, American Lawyer
Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
Dion Boucicault, London Assurance
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
I often quote myself - it adds spice to my conversation.
George Bernard Shaw
The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouths they've been in.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
If you steal from one author, it's plagarism; if you steal from many it's research
Wilson Mizner, American Playright