Subject: Communication » Reading/Writing

Abbreviation: Long word with, ironically, no obvious shorter alternative.

British writer, cartoonist, poet & performer

Be careful about reading health books for you may die of a misprint.

(1747 – 1803) German Jewish physician & lecturer on philosophy

Alimony is the curse of the writing classes.

(1923 – 2007) American novelist, journalist & playwright

There is no thief like a bad book.

Those magazine dieting stories always have the testimonial of a woman who wore a dress that could slip-cover New Jersey in one photo and thirty days later looked like a well-dressed thermometer.

(1918 – 2007) American humor writer

I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world.

(1925 – ) columnist & journalist

France lost a great novel last night.

(1802 – 1885) French writer

If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research.

I wrote a script and gave it to a guy that reads scripts and he read it and said he really likes it, but he thinks I need to rewrite it; I said, f**k that, I'll just make a copy.

(1968 – 2005) American stand-up comedian

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 legibility of a copy is inversely proportional to its importance.

Then, of course, there's that old one: Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.

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

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

(1874 – 1965) English dramatist & novelist

Writer’s block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.

(1945 – ) comedian, actor, writer, playwright & musician

No books are lost by loaning except those you particularly wanted to keep.

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

Samuel Clemens (1835 – 1910) author & humorist

She was a master at making nothing happen very slowly.

(1904 – 1999) author, editor, radio host

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

(1874 – 1965) British prime minister, politician, statesman & orator

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.

(1923 – 1999) American satirical novelist, short story writer & playwright

Its important to use apostrophe's right.