Subject: Communication » Books

Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.

(1910 – 1991) American art historian, photographer, author & editor

I have decided to keep a full journal, in the hope that my life will perhaps seem more interesting when it is written down.

(1946 – 2014) English writer & humorist

If I had a bookstore I would make all the mystery novels hard to find.

(1973 – ) American comedian

If sex is such a natural phenomenon, how come there are so many books on how to do it?

(1945 – ) singer, actress & comedian

What greater service could I have performed for German literature than that I didn’t bother with it?


I was in a bookstore the other day and asked the woman behind the counter where the self-help section was; she said, “If I told you, that would defeat the whole purpose.”

comedian

Research is reading two books that have never been read in order to write a third that will never be read.

The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.

(1826 – 1877) English economist & journalist

Never read any book in which the author’s name appears in gold or silver on the cover.

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

(1812 – 1870) English novelist

The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.

(1902 – 1963) Danish actor

A classic is a book which people praise, but no one reads.

Samuel Clemens (1835 – 1910) author & humorist

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.

(1957 – ) English actor, writer, journalist, comedian & film director

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Actress: I enjoyed your book. Who wrote it for you?

Chase: I'm so glad you liked it. Who read it to you?

(1900 – 1978) American actress & novelist

I am reading Henry James… and feel myself as one entombed in a block of smooth amber.

(1882 – 1941) English novelist, essayist, publisher & feminist

I don’t think anyone should write their autobiography until after they’re dead.

(1879 – 1974) film producer

Autobiography is now as common as adultery and hardly less reprehensible.

(1924 – 2001) British writer

A biography is a book that is usually written about a dead person because it is so unlike him when he was alive.

(1899 – 1995) humorist

I wrote a few children's books… not on purpose.

(1955 – ) comedian, actor & writer

This book fills a much-needed gap.

(1900 – 1986) American teacher & translator
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