Subject: Communication » Reading/Writing

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull.

(1917 – 2010) American lawyer, novelist, historian & essayist

Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does.

(1890 – 1977) comedian, actor & television host

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.

(1880 – 1956) journalist, essayist, editor & satirist

The literary gift is a mere accident – is as often bestowed on idiots who have nothing to say worth hearing as it is denied to strenuous sages.

(1872 – 1956) English essayist, parodist & caricaturist

Avoid alliteration… always.


Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? … all you do is change the words.

(1879 – 1974) film producer

The difference between journalism and literature is that journalism is unreadable and literature is never read.

(1854 – 1900) Irish dramatist, novelist & poet

No matter which book you need, it's on the bottom shelf.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

(1907 – 1988) science fiction author

The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.

(1874 – 1965) English dramatist & novelist

We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.

(1951 – 2013) American professor & artificial intelligence expert

The smaller the ball used in a sport, the better the book.

Graffiti: Urban scrawl.

It was a dark and stormy night…

(1803 – 1873) English writer

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 would have answered your letter sooner, but you didn’t send one.

(Aiskowitz) (1899 – 1982) humorist

Some people are widely read – I'm thinly read.

(1962 – ) English stand-up comedian & actor

Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about women at the Mayo Clinic.

(1941) American writer & humorist

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

A beginning, a muddle, and an end.

(1922 – 1985) English poet & novelist

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper; and half never voted for president… one hopes it is the same half.

(1925 – 2012) author, playwright, essayist & screenwriter

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