Top 475 Author Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Author Quotes from famous people such as John Shelby Spong, Mal Peet, Brendan Behan, John Locke, Ryan Holiday, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

There is no way that the Fourth Gospel was written by J

There is no way that the Fourth Gospel was written by John Zebedee or by any of the disciples of Jesus. The author of this book is not a single individual, but is at least three different writers/editors, who did their layered work over a period of 25 to 30 years.
John Shelby Spong
I see genres as generating sets of rules or conventions that are only interesting when they are subverted or used to disguise the author’s intent. My own way of doing this is to attempt a sort of whimsical alchemy, whereby seemingly incompatible genres are brought into unlikely partnerships.
Mal Peet
What an author likes to write most is his signature on the back of a cheque.
Brendan Behan
The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.
John Locke
My neighbors don’t care that I’m an author. It’s inherently ego-inhibiting.
Ryan Holiday
If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet, he never would have written Macbeth.
Joyce Brothers
The idea that an author can extricate her or his own ongoing life experience from the tale being written is a conceit of very little worth.
Steven Erikson
I’ve found that the most engaging and satisfying author events I’ve done are with other people, where the conversation is spontaneous. I think that is by far the better way to introduce and promote a book.
Gayle Forman
If you feel that there’s the author and then the character, then the book is not working. People have a habit of identifying the author with the narrator, and you can’t, obviously, be all of the narrators in all of your books, or else you’d be a very strange person indeed.
Margaret Atwood
This first print run of the first edition of my first novel, ‘When The Lion Feeds.’ back in 1964, is so rare it can fetch several thousand pounds at auction. I always wanted to be an author, and I decided to write about what I knew.
Wilbur Smith
I definitely have an affection for detective fiction, and when I first read Dashiell Hammett’s ‘The Maltese Falcon,’ that book and its author made an enormous impression on me as a reader and a writer, and led me to other hard-boiled American writers like Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald, among many.
Avi
Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes novels.
P. G. Wodehouse
My favorite anything is always relative to the context of present time, place and mood. When I finish a book and want to immediately find another by the same author and no other, that author is elevated to my favorite.
Amy Tan
I can’t inhabit my characters until I know what kind of work they do. This requires research because my jobs for the last decade have been author and professor, and I’d like to spare the world more author or professor novels.
Victor LaValle
I worked in publishing before I became an author, so I knew how a book gets made.
Lauren Oliver
It’s hard, because when you talk about process or your characters ruling your narrative, it sounds like you have no control, but obviously you’re ultimately the author, so you do have control.
Alice Sebold
Anyone who wants simple, pat stories should buy another author’s product. The real universe ain’t that way, and neither are my fictive ones.
David Brin
I wrote a novel, Ghost Road Rules, and as soon as it was done and polished, I began reaching out to agents. I ignored the frequent advice to ‘shoot low and try for a low-level agent because they’re the only ones that will take a flyer on a new author.’ That sounded like bad advice to me.
Jonathan Maberry
In the worst memoirs, you can feel the author justifying himself – forgiving himself – in every paragraph. In the best memoirs, the author is tougher on him- or herself than his or her readers will ever be.
Darin Strauss
I didn’t want to be an author; I wanted to be a scientist. Not that I didn’t love literature, but I couldn’t distinguish it from reading, and reading was already my default activity, almost like breathing.
Barbara Ehrenreich
I want to be really clear about something: I think we kind of fetishize the creative life. We have the vision of what it means to be an author, where you sit in your garret or looking out at your view and you give everything to your art and you commit fully to it. But the reality is that most of us have bills to pay.
Leigh Bardugo
Shakespeare is the true multicultural author. He exists in all languages. He is put on the stage everywhere. Everyone feels that they are represented by him on the stage.
Harold Bloom
I have one rule when adapting any text: nothing gets added; all the words are the original author’s own. But in the ordering and recreation of the story, I can do as I please, and to me, the heart and the point of ‘Dracula’ is appetite.
Kathe Koja
To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.
Charles Caleb Colton
I’m certainly not the first author to tiptoe into the conspiratorial, religious-tinged territory, but – and I hate to break this to the faithful – neither is Dan Brown.
Simon Toyne
Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
A. A. Milne
When I decided I wanted to become an author, I never thought something I wrote would be used as a way to start conversations that are otherwise difficult to begin.
Jay Asher
I see the author as the person who has written; the writer, the one involved in the process of writing. And they’re not necessarily friends. The writer is the one I want to reinforce; the author would just feed on the reviews – so I’m in favour of starving him.
Edward St Aubyn
In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Good travel books, like travel itself, open the door to new worlds. In the strongest works the author’s vision becomes our own, especially if his or her subject is a distant destination.
Rory MacLean
I’ve discovered as an author that the process of writing a novel becomes harder over time, not easier. I used to think the reverse must be true, that it would be like any task, and the more I practiced, the more adept I’d become.
Tawni O’Dell
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation upon w

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which sincere and meaningful repentance must be built. If we truly seek to put away sin, we must first look to Him who is the Author of our salvation.
Ezra Taft Benson
First, hugely popular and talented romance/dark fantasy author Meljean Brook gives a really deep, wonderful story. She’s clearly spent so much time thinking about the world of Sonja and her story in particular, it could easily have been a novel of its own.
Gail Simone
And now, I’m a best selling author, a different sort of fairy tale that I still sometimes wonder when I’ll wake up from.
Erin Morgenstern
I have dreamt of being an author since the age of 14, and writing about my experiences has always been a part of digesting an experience and sharing it with others.
Tim Cope
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
Jim Rohn
Am I really an author if I just put pictures in a book?
Mike McCready
In all honesty, at that time, I never saw myself as an author… I was just a Mom in a state of panic, trying to enter a short story contest to win the prize money in order to keep the lights on in my home.
Leslie Banks
There’s something to be said for an author who clearly respects a reader.
Jami Attenberg
If the work is poor, the public taste will soon do it justice. And the author, reaping neither glory nor fortune, will learn by hard experience how to correct his mistakes.
Jacques-Louis David
When you’re in a play, 50 percent is the genius of the actor, 50 percent is the genius of the author. When a mime is not perfect, you see nothing.
Marcel Marceau
I don’t think anyone sits down and thinks, ‘I know, I’ll be a chick-lit writer.’ You write the book that you want to write and then other people say, ‘Oh, that’s chick-lit.’ You say, ‘Okay.’ But it’s not like you look around and go to a careers fair and there will be someone at the chick-lit author stand.
Sophie Kinsella
As a writer, it’s important to stay true to your story without giving a hoot about publishers, critics and readers. You should do your karma as an author the way you want to, and rest is up to God.
Amish Tripathi
It’s a lot harder for an author that’s unpublished to say, ‘Hey, here’s a new book.’ There’s nothing of theirs to read, so you don’t know what it’s going to be like. Kickstarter is great, but you also have to put your work out there whenever you can so you can build a reputation.
Ryan North
There is commerciality in storytelling, even in a film or a piece of literature. These things exist. That’s why stories came to be: to hold attention and, while you’re not looking, you’ll get hopefully some nutritional value that the author has been working up. That’s narrative; that’s passing stuff down.
Shane Carruth
I may not remember the name of a book’s author, but let it be clear, what I will not forget is the violence, the poverty and the desperation that Mexico is living through.
Enrique Pena Nieto
Both villains and heroes are a bit boring, really, unless they’re flawed and broken somehow. If they’re not flawed and broken, then clearly they need to be broken and made flawed. That’s what an author does if he or she has any dignity.
Ben Peek
It seems like every few years a big name author will holler something about how evil, heinous, and morally wrong fan fiction and fan fiction writers are, and then the Internet gets all upset and shocked, and then the author is shocked that people could get so upset.
Catherynne M. Valente
People really want to think that these things really happened. I don’t know why that important, but I know that when I finish reading a novel or something, I want to know how much of that really happened to this author.
Alison Bechdel
The only real mystery in the stories of political plagiarism is its durability in an age of Turnitin and other scanning software that can protect an author from his own mistakes, intentional or otherwise.
Evan Osnos
My personal interest in IVF led me to author two reports into the availability of treatment on the NHS.
Grant Shapps
For a memoir to really succeed, the author has to do such hard work before they come to the page. They have to do a brutal self-examination of everything they believe to be true.
Alexandra Fuller
Margaret Atwood was the author who took me out of children’s literature and guided me towards adult literature.
Eleanor Catton
Being a best-selling author doesn’t make you a millionaire. It’s not like Stephen King.
James McBride
I should have been deliriously happy. I had my dream come true. I’m a best-selling author. So why is everything in my life, including my writing, going bad?
Tawni O’Dell
For the black author, and even the ex-slave narrator, creativity has often lain with the lie – forging an identity, ‘making’ one, but ‘lying’ about one, too.
Kevin Young
I know very well that one cannot become an author by just writing a book.
Navya Nair
Didn’t you know I’m going to be the greatest, most entertaining author and artist in the world? Well, don’t feel badly, I didn’t either!
Sylvia Plath
I’m fairly certain when I die that the obituary will say, ‘Author of ‘Angels in America’ dies.’ Unless I’m completely forgotten, and then it won’t say anything at all.
Tony Kushner
Since my romance novels had all been thrillers as well, it wasn’t such a leap for me to move into the straight thriller genre. The most difficult part, I think, was being accepted as a thriller writer. Once you’ve written romance, unfortunately, critics will never stop calling you a ‘former romance author.’
Tess Gerritsen
Quite often I can be in a bookshop, standing beneath a great big picture of myself and paying for a book with a credit card clearly marked John Grisham, yet no one recognises me. I often say I’m a famous author in a country where no one reads.
John Grisham
No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
One of the ironies of being a professional writer is th

One of the ironies of being a professional writer is that, if you are even moderately successful, the very traits that let you succeed as a writer are not much help when the time comes to head out as ‘The Author.’
Jane Lindskold
Once the world has been created, the fantasy author still has to bring the story’s characters to life and unfold a gripping plot. That’s why good fantasy is such a hard act to bring off.
Tony Bradman
In my first 15 or 20 years of authorship, I was almost never asked to give a speech or an interview. The written work was supposed to speak for itself, and to sell itself, sometimes even without the author’s photograph on the back flap.
John Updike
The great children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes marks her 90th birthday by appearing as Michael Berkeley’s guest in ‘Private Passions’.
David Hepworth
An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.
Benjamin Disraeli
When I started writing after my career as an actor, I knew that that other life in the film industry would be pulled into my writing life and that people would see me not as an author but as an actor starting to write.
James Franco
The distribution might which Penguin brought to the table and the stature they gave me as an author is unparalleled.
Ravi Subramanian
You have plausible deniability, as they say in politics, as an author with movies. Because if the movie is terrible, you simply say they failed to catch the genius of the book.
Walter Kirn
I’m fairly certain when I die that the obituary will say, ‘Author of ‘Angels in America’ dies.’ Unless I’m completely forgotten, and then it won’t say anything at all.
Tony Kushner
I know why people lie to themselves in life, but I’ll never understand the appeal of the dishonest theater where the actor doesn’t make some earnest attempt to include their own honest humanity in their collaboration with an author. It’s so ugly to me that it hurts sometimes to see it happen.
Jim Parrack
As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not.
Carl Van Vechten
Becoming an author changes your attitude too. Once you see where books come from, and how they’re made, they never seem quite as sacred again.
Lev Grossman
Many of the characters who appear in the pages of the Fourth Gospel are literary creations of its author and were never intended to be understood as real people, who actually lived in history.
John Shelby Spong
In music, you can use metaphors with ease – if a person doesn’t understand the parable, they can still enjoy the melody of the music. If, however, a person reads a book and misses the meaning of its metaphors, this will be extremely disheartening for both the reader as well as the author.
Cat Stevens
Endnotes, often confused with footnotes that live at the bottom of a page, is that lump of text at the end of the book, sometimes even relegated to a tiny font size. They’re often forgotten but, in nonfiction, particularly history books, can offer a fascinating footprint into the author’s research, a joyful, geeky abyss.
Mary Pilon
I love books; my suitcases are always full of them. Books and shoes. I read when I am sad, when I am happy, when I am nervous. My favourite British author is Jane Austen, and my favourite American one is John O’Hara.
Carolina Herrera
I remain convinced that the most valuable use of time for a newly published author is to write a second book that’s even better than the first, and a third that’s better than the second, and on and on.
Suzanne Brockmann
I think that the continuity of what I do as an editor with what I did when I started out 40 years ago is very direct. The delivery system is changing and will continue to, but the actual interaction between publisher and author is exactly the same.
Jonathan Galassi
An actor’s job is about putting across the author’s intention; I don’t think of myself on the same level as a creator.
Jane Asher
I became an author because I love words. I enjoyed playing with them when I was a kid, writing stories and plays, and doing whatever I could think to do with words. I kept my love of them growing up and still love to see what they can do.
James Howe
No author’s writing more influenced my own than that of Robert Louis Stevenson. My first steampunk story, ‘The Ape-box Affair,’ is a sort of melange of Stevenson and P.G. Wodehouse.
James Blaylock
Writing is transmogrifying, not just for the reader but also for the author; an author becomes someone he or she isn’t by living the lives of his or her characters.
Robert J. Sawyer
I am a completely horizontal author. I can’t think unless I’m lying down, either in bed or stretched on a couch and with a cigarette and coffee handy. I’ve got to be puffing and sipping.
Dan Brown
That’s the most terrible thing about being an author – standing there at your mother’s funeral, but you don’t switch the author off. So your own innermost thoughts are grist for the mill. Who was it said – one of the famous lady novelists – ‘unhappy is the family that contains an author’?
Terry Pratchett
In some instances, I would say the writer does deserve equal billing with the director. In other instances the director – especially if he wrote part of the script himself – is clearly more the author of the movie.
Mark Romanek
Amendments occupy a great deal of most legislators’ time, particularly those lawmakers in the minority. Members of Congress do author major bills, but more commonly they make minor adjustments to the bigger bill.
Matt Taibbi
Out of respect to writers, you have to read the book in the way in which the author visualised it going out into the world.
Joanna Trollope
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
You know, we love stories and we love narrative; we love to get lost in an author’s world.
Jeff Bezos
It is essential to naturalist doctrine that literature, to be good, must, finally, be the author’s experience worked out literally.
Gore Vidal
I do my best to build a strong factual foundation for each of my novels and rely upon my author’s notes to keep my conscience clear.
Sharon Kay Penman
Everything is different - except for publishing itself:

Everything is different – except for publishing itself: getting hold of an amazing author, working to make his or her book the best and best-looking it can be, telling the world.
Jonathan Galassi
I can tell you from experience that God’s help and presence in our lives is vital. He is the Author of all true success and everything that is good-without Him, we can do nothing of true value.
Joyce Meyer
My go-to author for knowing it all is Evelyn Waugh. ‘A Handful of Dust’ is as perfect as a book can get.
Laurie Graham
A memoir is not an autobiography. It’s a true story told as a novel, using techniques of novelization. The author is allowed to compress events, combine characters, change names, change the sequence of events, just as if he’s writing a novel. But it’s got to be true.
Homer Hickam
I was definitely meant to be a young adult author, and I love it – I’m here to stay!
Simone Elkeles
I couldn’t really experience being an author when I was still working in publishing – I was trying to negotiate being both. Sometimes the knowledge doesn’t translate between the two roles.
Jennifer Gilmore
Armchair poverty tourism has been around as long as authors have written about class. As an author, I have struggled myself with the nuances of writing about poverty without reducing any community to a catalog of its difficulties.
Leslie Jamison
Point-of-view is a matter that readers rarely pay attention to, yet it’s one of the most important story decisions an author makes.
Therese Fowler
A good column is one that sells paper. It doesn’t matter how beautifully it is written and how much you admire the author… if it doesn’t sell any papers, it’s not a good column. It’s a terrible yardstick to use, but in the newspaper business, that’s the whole thing.
Herb Caen
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.
Thomas Jefferson
I don’t have a favorite author; I have favorite books. ‘Moby Dick’ is a favorite book, but Melville was a drunk who beat his wife. ‘Moveable Feast’ by Hemingway, but I would not like him personally. He was a stupid macho person who believed in shooting animals for fun, but that book was incredible!
Gary Paulsen
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
Abraham Lincoln
A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself, and then publishes for money. I write for myself and publish just for the reader.
Guillermo Cabrera Infante
I’m a computer scientist by training. I’m also the author of three books, all of which endorse the use of biotechnology to improve the human condition. In the most recent of these, ‘The Infinite Resource,’ I talk about the power of innovation to save the world.
Ramez Naam
I’ve tried to slow this down but realized that my natural reading rhythm is freakishly fast when an author friend asked me to go through the manuscript of her soon-to-be-published book for continuity errors.
Sarah Weinman
The first author I remember being obsessed by, actually realizing ‘I like the way he writes and I like the way he tells stories,’ was C.S. Lewis and the ‘Narnia’ books.
Neil Gaiman
He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
Thomas Paine
I’m an author whose strength is in gag-writing.
Jeff Kinney
When you read a piece of writing that you admire, send a note of thanks to the author.
Sherman Alexie
Numerous are the posthumous museums and memorials devoted exclusively to one artist, architect or author and designed to preserve or artificially reconstruct the namesake’s original working or living conditions.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist
I know one author whose royalty income has been halved from £34,000 a year to £16,000.
Tony Bradman
If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That’s the question that changed my life forever.
Amy Purdy
I have a huge author crush on Stephen King. Have never met him. Would probably embarrass myself. But it would be worth it.
Lisa Gardner
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
Abraham Lincoln
Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author.
Arthur Miller
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Like the philosopher, the author views his task as one of establishing a clear connection between life and history, and of making the past bear fruit for the present and future.
Lion Feuchtwanger
Becoming a YA author was actually a very lucky accident. When I wrote the ‘Queen of Everything,’ I thought it was a book for adults.
Deb Caletti
I have no intention of becoming a shorthand author.
Isaac Pitman
English food writer Elizabeth David, cook and author Richard Olney and the owner of Domaine Tempier Lulu Peyraud have all really inspired the way I think about food.
Alice Waters
It seems to me that an author who has determined very new domains in literature is Gertrude Stein.
Raymond Queneau
My position as the best-selling author at E! is secure

My position as the best-selling author at E! is secure – unless Salman Rushdie develops a show with them.
Chelsea Handler
The author of McCarthyism was given the distinction of addressing the Republican National Convention. This strikes terror in the hearts of honest men.
Emanuel Celler
I’m better suited to be a director, I think. I see myself as the general author. I hate the word ‘auteur,’ because it sounds so solitary when filmmaking is anything but solitary.
Cary Fukunaga
It’s always tricky, meeting an author you’ve admired.
Christopher Buckley
Shakespeare’s naturalness is attested to by the strange fact that he is the only classical author who remains popular. The critical termites are massed and eating away at the foundations, trying to topple him. Whether they will succeed will be a test of his robustness.
Allan Bloom
The prime goal of an author is the same as a musician, which is to emotionally connect with the reader in some way or another.
Ken Hill
I have always wondered why the movie industry was so firmly persuaded that the original author could be of no possible help in the case of a remake or any other change in a work.
Preston Sturges
Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author’s phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.
Guy Debord
Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.
Montesquieu
Unfortunately, the author of a book pretty much gives up control of the story when the producers take over a book to make it into a movie.
Rodman Philbrick
The best advice I got as a writer was also the first advice, which came from the late fantasy author and editor Karl Edward Wagner: Any agent who charges to look at your work is a crook.
Nancy A. Collins
I would very much like to become a best-selling author.
Manuel Puig
I think it’s a little simplistic to explain a work through the psychology of its author. In other words, that Haneke has emotional problems, so I don’t have to take his films seriously. By using this argument, the viewer retreats from the challenges of the film.
Michael Haneke
I didn’t have any great talent. I didn’t want to become a rock star or an author.
Kumar Mangalam Birla
The best critics do not worry about what the author might think. That would be like a detective worrying about what a suspect might think. Instead, they treat the reader as an intelligent friend, and describe the book as honestly, and as entertainingly, as possible.
Craig Brown
As an author you hope your characters have sparks but truly in the end they have minds of their own!
Melissa de la Cruz
You simply couldn’t make a living as an author if New Zealand was your only market.
Paul Cleave
When a character bears the same name as the author it’s just an invitation to have some fun.
Arthur Phillips
I have never met an author who did not read voraciously as a child.
Christopher Fowler
Initially, I wanted to write middle grade. YA scared me: there’s a lot of responsibility in being a YA author. It’s so important to give that age range the right books that reflect their world and show them themselves.
Angie Thomas
The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I am a young adult author, and so are quite a few of my friends. We all write books for the same demographic; many of us are even published by the same publishing house. Two of us, in fact, share the same editor.
Rebecca Serle
I can tell you from experience that God’s help and presence in our lives is vital. He is the Author of all true success and everything that is good-without Him, we can do nothing of true value.
Joyce Meyer
The thing about being a mystery writer, what marks a mystery writer out from a chick lit author or historical fiction writer, is that you always find a mystery in every situation.
Tana French
When I was 13 or 14, I took this speed-reading course. A lot of the things you do in speed reading you shouldn’t do to a good author, but I’ve been reading really fast ever since.
Mark Kurlansky
All fiction becomes autobiographical when the author has true talent.
Jeanne Moreau
Stories where the author has known very little, but run a computer program that tells him how to construct a planet, and looked up specific things about rocketry and so on, really suck.
Frederik Pohl
When me and my author friends who write about other difficult subject matter… when you hear from teens daily saying, ‘Your book helped me or made me understand a friend better, what somebody else is going through,’ you see the positive things.
Jay Asher
I have relaxed into my persona as an author, although I used to fight that.
David Guterson
No one person is the author of a Bourne film. The truth is it’s a coalition of people who share the same vision for Bourne and his world, and we… its remarkably collaborative and collective.
Paul Greengrass
Having spent the greater part of my life under a Communist dictatorship, I am very familiar with the Bolshevik mentality according to which an author in general, and an eminent author in particular, is always guilty, and must be punished accordingly.
Ismail Kadare
Every time I enter a country and have to write down my

Every time I enter a country and have to write down my occupation at customs, I’m like, ‘I don’t know… Author? Host? Writer? Stand-up?’ I usually write ‘author’ – that’s the safest bet.
Chelsea Handler
The life of a play begins and ends in the moment of performance. This is where author, actors, and directors express all they have to say. If the event has a future, this can only lie in the memories of those who were present and who retained a trace in their hearts.
Peter Brook
When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I always write authors after I read their books. I’ve been doing it for years. I write a formal letter and send it to them in care of their agent. My mother always taught us to write thank you notes, and if an author puts themselves out there, they like to hear that their book connected with someone.
Maria Semple
If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research.
Wilson Mizner
As an author of narrative history, I read a lot of history books.
Nathaniel Philbrick
I have no problem selling books to media franchises and we do it all the time. The author must understand that he/she is a writer for hire and has no control over copyright or over editorial changes made to the text.
Richard Curtis
An author needs to be in the market. He or she needs to come out with a new book every year. That keeps you alive in the public mind and gives a push to your older books.
Ravi Subramanian
There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself; in no wise hath she need of an author.
Marquis de Sade
The world of fiction is a sovereign world that comes to life in the author’s head and follows the rules of art, of literature. And that is the major difference that is reflected in the form of the work, in its language and its plot. An author invents every aspect of a fiction, every detail.
Imre Kertesz
I grew up in L.A., and I worked for ‘The Hollywood Reporter.’ I knew enough about the business to know that the usual role of the author on a movie is to get out of the way and not say anything.
Cassandra Clare
Gone are the days when a publisher could take out an ad, count on a few reviews, and have an author do a couple of signings. Nowadays, readers want to feel a connection with an author.
John Searles
In Endless Quest books, you start the plot, and the character has to make choices. Then you have to write one choice over here, one choice over there. The author might get one or two choices out.
Margaret Weis
My job as an author – at least the way I think of it – is to make a story that is coded and puzzling enough to entice conversation and interpretation, but also to do the opposite: to make some things clear so that it is meaningful in some way, not just a random assemblage of ideas.
Shane Carruth
Being a best-selling author doesn’t make you a millionaire. It’s not like Stephen King.
James McBride
According to my parents, I was supposed to have been a nice, churchgoing Swiss housewife. Instead I ended up an opinionated psychiatrist, author and lecturer in the American Southwest, who communicates with spirits from a world that I believe is far more loving and glorious than our own.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
If the day gets really bad, I can always pull out fan mail. Who else gets mail where kids write to you and say, ‘Dear Mr. Scieszka, we were supposed to write to our favorite author, but Roald Dahl is dead. So I’m writing to you.’
Jon Scieszka
I’ve read enough dreary campus novels to know more than I ever wanted to about the punctured Oxbridge academic psyche, and feel as if I’ve been through a mid-life crisis dozens of times, purely because I’ve foolishly grabbed a paperback by an author I’ve vaguely heard of.
Dawn Foster
My daughter has seen the transition from struggling screenwriter to successful picture book author, and she’s enjoyed it very much because she’s a wonderful little kid. And she’s always believed in her daddy.
Drew Daywalt
I don’t have to mumble something under my breath when someone asks me what I do anymore. I can just say, definitively, ‘I’m an author.’ And the best part? That’s not a myth. That’s just the truth.
Rebecca Serle
In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.
Voltaire
The turning point was when I hit my 30th birthday. I thought, if really want to write, it’s time to start. I picked up the book How to Write a Novel in 90 Days. The author said to just write three pages a day, and I figured, I can do this. I never got past Page 3 of that book.
James Rollins
Every author has to eventually write a food book.
Chuck Palahniuk
If you have some natural talent and really want to write, you should read the books of someone who’s very successful in your genre. You don’t want to plagiarize, but you want to learn from that author.
Clive Cussler
When I was young, I loved a series of books by an author called Maud Hart Lovelace and the series, which is still around, I’m happy to say, is – they’re the ‘Betsy-Tacy’ books.
Judy Blume
I’m a computer scientist by training. I’m also the author of three books, all of which endorse the use of biotechnology to improve the human condition. In the most recent of these, ‘The Infinite Resource,’ I talk about the power of innovation to save the world.
Ramez Naam
When I was a UA student, I was given the ultimate runaround when my student group wanted to bring author and activist David Horowitz to speak on campus.
Katie Pavlich
Most people will pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain as a chef, as the author of ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ and as the host of several food and travel shows – most recently, ‘Parts Unknown’ on CNN.
Sarah Weinman
The way a book is read, which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.
Norman Cousins
I think people enjoy a series. When you like a story, many readers want more of the same, which is dandy, if the author and the characters have more to say.
Sarah Zettel
If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research.
Wilson Mizner
The author always knows more than the reader does at th

The author always knows more than the reader does at the start of a novel, and gradually, they share that knowledge with the reader – that’s storytelling.
Simon Toyne
As a journalist, I’m not supposed to be the subject, but as an author, I’m fair game – another ingredient in the media soup.
Michael Azerrad
As a girl, I sat awestruck at the feet of Harriet Ne, author of ‘Tales of Molokai’. It was she who used to say, ‘I myself have seen it,’ after telling a particularly hair-raising ghost story – a phrase that I borrowed for one of my titles.
Susanna Moore
Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author’s phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.
Guy Debord
I feel that historical novelists owe it to our readers to try to be as historically accurate as we can with the known facts. Obviously, we have to fill in the blanks. And then in the final analysis, we’re drawing upon our own imaginations. But I think that readers need to be able to trust an author.
Sharon Kay Penman
I really believe we read differently when we know even the most banal facts of an author’s life.
Anne Michaels
I am a conventional science fiction author. But that said, once your work is published, it no longer belongs to you. It belongs to the readers and they will derive all sorts of interpretations.
Liu Cixin
When I was a very young author, I knew I needed to build myself a tower outside of Europe. Like when you’re a hunter, and build towers to watch the animals move. I knew I would never understand the world without that perspective. I came to Africa for that rational reason, although I love Mozambique now.
Henning Mankell
I am sure that no traveler seeing things through author spectacles can see them as they are.
Harriet Martineau
An author’s life is different, complex, and ongoing, while a character’s remains frozen in one little story.
Lorrie Moore
A fortunate author can write maybe twelve novels in his lifetime.
Haruki Murakami
I was shy. Bookish. The kind of 13-year-old girl who, instead of having a boyfriend, would have a crush on a dead, 19th-century author!
Natalie Merchant
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.
Thomas Jefferson
My life as an author has always been about brilliant, odd people.
David Lagercrantz
I want to be a lawyer, a dancer, an actress, a mother, a wife, a children’s author, a distance runner, a poet, a pianist, a pet store owner, an astronaut, an environmental and humanitarian activist, a psychiatrist, a ballet teacher, and the first woman president.
Rachel Corrie
There is a note in the front of the volume saying that no public reading may be given without first getting the author’s permission. It ought to be made much more difficult to do than that.
Robert Benchley
The relationship with the words someone uses is more intimate and integrated than just a quick read and a blurb can ever be. This intimacy – the words on the page being sent back and forth from engaged editor to open author – is unique in my experience.
Alice Sebold
Generally, if you preface an interview request with, ‘I’m an author writing a book,’ for some reason, that seems to open a lot of doors.
James Rollins
The humor section is the last place an author wants to be. They put your stuff next to collections of Cathy cartoons.
David Sedaris
When ‘The Awakening’ was published it was considered so scandalous it was banned in the author’s home-town library, and she herself was barred from the Fine Arts Club in the same city. What the novel has to offer, among other things, is honesty.
Jane Smiley
I think that if you get too close to the character, if you do too much historical research, you may find yourself defending your view of a character against the author’s view, and I think that’s terribly dangerous.
Tim Curry
I love going through fashion magazines, love to read – Paulo Coelho is my favourite author.
Ayesha Takia
When the happy era shall arrive for the emancipation of nations, hastened on as it will be by the example of America, shall they not resort to the Declaration of our Independence as the charter of their rights, and will not its author be hailed as the benefactor of the redeemed?
John Tyler
I just love doing different things, which is what being a working author is like.
David Hewson
My personal interest in IVF led me to author two reports into the availability of treatment on the NHS.
Grant Shapps
It’s interesting what pops out of an author’s subconscious when he’s not thinking about it.
Nick Petrie
I focus on the elements of a movie that are meant to invisibly affect me as a viewer. The edges. As an author, I’m aware of how the subconscious things can pluck at a reader’s emotions, and I love it when filmmakers do the same.
Maggie Stiefvater
I think of myself as a very lazy author.
Neil Gaiman
A photo app is a utility. It’s like comparing ‘Twitter’ to Microsoft Word. If you want to be an author, you’re not always going to constrain yourself to 140 characters.
Kevin Systrom
Our life is a book that writes itself and whose principal themes sometimes escape us. We are like characters in a novel who do not always understand what the author wants of them.
Julien Green
It seems like every few years a big name author will holler something about how evil, heinous, and morally wrong fan fiction and fan fiction writers are, and then the Internet gets all upset and shocked, and then the author is shocked that people could get so upset.
Catherynne M. Valente
A novel wouldn't be a book if there weren't some flight

A novel wouldn’t be a book if there weren’t some flights of fancy on the part of the author, stopping time to examine things, or to tell a joke.
Ned Vizzini
Unlike a typical professional, I can’t quit my job to become a full-time author; I don’t have that luxury. For me, writing is therapy; if I choose to write full-time, it might start feeling like work.
Ashwin Sanghi
An author departs, he does not die.
Dinah Maria Mulock
One of the great currents in the contemporary experience of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author.
Anish Kapoor
It is conceivable that what is unified form to the author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience.
Charles Ives
A crime is like a crack in reality, and it is the author’s role to explore those cracks. As a writer, I like to see how they impinge on people.
Natsuo Kirino
I was a very happy banker, but I feel happier as an author.
Amish Tripathi
Now I’m not an author, I’m a writer, that’s all I am.
Mickey Spillane
Shakespeare’s naturalness is attested to by the strange fact that he is the only classical author who remains popular. The critical termites are massed and eating away at the foundations, trying to topple him. Whether they will succeed will be a test of his robustness.
Allan Bloom
As an author, it’s a strange process to watch your novel turned into a movie. It’s tremendously exciting but somewhat voyeuristic; after all, novelists are rarely involved in the process.
Marcus Sakey
I’m mainly an airport author, and if you’re trying to take your mind off the journey, you’re not going to read ‘King Lear.’
Maeve Binchy
If there is no love between the author and the story, there is no love between the reader and the story.
Elif Safak
When I look back at my career as an author, I don’t look at the first book that was ever published as to where my career began – I look to the first book that I ever wrote.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself; in no wise hath she need of an author.
Marquis de Sade
George V. Higgins’s ‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’ (1970) added an extra literary layer to the con novel; James Crumley’s ‘The Last Good Kiss’ (1978) influenced countless writers and will be remembered forever for its opening line, quoted often in obituaries of the author.
Sarah Weinman
Choose an author as you choose a friend.
Arthur Helps
I want to be an author.
Harry Lloyd
‘Into the Blizzard’ follows the author as he traces the footsteps of the Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War: where they trained in Scotland, where they fought in Gallipoli and where they died at the Battle of the Somme in France.
Michael Winter
You never want to be in a position where your reader feels like you’re passing judgment on your own characters. Any novel where you feel like the author is talking to the reader over the characters’ heads is in a bad place.
Jonathan Dee
If you’re going to abridge a book in the author’s own words, you can’t go sticking your own in.
William Goldman
If there is no love between the author and the story, there is no love between the reader and the story.
Elif Safak
One shouldn’t ever be conscious of the author as lecturer. When social or moral points are too heavily stressed, I always get uncomfortable.
Orson Welles
Oftentimes when you see adaptations of books you like, you’re let down. As an author, you assume that they are going to suck. A little bit of hope is dangerous.
Gayle Forman
The one thing I’ve always done as an author is talk to my publicists. Because they have all the best stories – and they have all the dirt on other, more famous and important writers. They’re not supposed to talk about it, but sometimes you can get awesome little tidbits from them.
Lynn Coady
I actually own a copy of my own book; that’s how dedicated I am as an author.
John Hodgman
No sensible author wants anything but praise.
A. A. Milne
That’s the most terrible thing about being an author – standing there at your mother’s funeral, but you don’t switch the author off. So your own innermost thoughts are grist for the mill. Who was it said – one of the famous lady novelists – ‘unhappy is the family that contains an author’?
Terry Pratchett
As a middle-aged woman who has had some luck as a writer, I’d like this profession of author to remain a possibility for young writers in the future – and not become an arena solely for the hobbyist or the well-heeled.
Janet Fitch
As a journalist for 35 years, and now author for 20, I’ve learned that there’s always more.
David Maraniss
I’m unique for a suspense author in that I don’t have a specialty background. A lot of suspense writers used to be lawyers or crime beat reporters. I didn’t even know a cop when I started out. I finally figured out that I could visit prisons – I just had to be willing to make the phone calls.
Lisa Gardner
When I was publishing my first books, the previous generation of authors was fading away, so I was welcomed because I was a new author.
Orhan Pamuk
'Flaubert's Parrot' is an amphibious book in which what

‘Flaubert’s Parrot’ is an amphibious book in which what appears to be a personal essay about Flaubertian writing is gradually, delicately transformed into an extremely sad novel in which the differences between character, author, and narrator are less clear than they appear at first glance.
Alvaro Enrigue
My wife and I set up the business, we were always very open about it and had a business author’s name as many authors do.
Grant Shapps
I’m an active author: I travel to give readings and talks, although I know it’s risky.
Felice Picano
When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.
Blaise Pascal
As an author, you’re really grateful for the people who are supporting you, but on some other level, that can be a dangerous echo chamber.
Paolo Bacigalupi
Buy other authors’ books when you go to their events. Even if you aren’t going to read it. Even if you are going to give it away. Even if you aren’t interested. Not just for the author but for the bookstore. It’s karma and just plain good manners.
M. J. Rose
The best books arise from some ultimate question in the author.
Isobelle Carmody
A novel can enlarge the empathy and imagination of both its author and its reader, and my experience, that sense of enlargement is most intense when I’m transported beyond the narrow limits of my daily life.
Anthony Marra
What SF author or fan isn’t interested in human space travel? I’ve yet to meet one.
Edward M. Lerner
An unread author is an author who is a victim of the worst kind of censorship, indifference – a censorship more effective than the Ecclesiastical Index.
Octavio Paz
I think that I had read so much fiction that the craft itself sort of sank into me. I didn’t read any ‘how to’ books or attend any popular-fiction-writing classes or have a critique group. For many years into my writing, I didn’t even know another author. For me, a lot of reading was the best teacher.
Ann Maxwell
I identify as an agent when I’m agenting, and I identify as an author when I’m writing. I expect both those things to be true for as long as I’m able to do them.
Bill Clegg
As an author, I really hate a reader like me. There’s no loyalty.
Gayle Forman
‘The Prince’s blunt candor has been a scandal for 500 years. The book was placed on the Papal Index of banned books in 1559, and its author was denounced on the Elizabethan stages of London as the ‘Evil Machiavel.’ The outrage has not dimmed with time.
Michael Ignatieff
I certainly think that the publishing houses have to learn more about this informal network of literary blogging and get over the idea that sending an author on a book tour – to Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles – is a successful model anymore.
Jay McInerney
In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.
Voltaire
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Whenever I’ve had to tamper with history for plot purposes, I make sure to mention that in my author’s note, and I try to keep such tampering to a bare minimum. I also attempt to keep my characters true to their historical counterparts. This is not always possible, of course.
Sharon Kay Penman
There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than in being the first author of the thought.
Pierre Bayle
My first feature, I made in France. There’s a great respect for the author there – they don’t change your stuff.
Melvin Van Peebles
There are only three indispensable things: the audience, the actor and the author. The rest is dross.
Peter O’Toole
My favourite author is Leon Trotsky – the political philosophy and the way he writes is beautiful, and really relevant, too.
Andreja Pejic
When you read books, you kind of create that whole world in your mind, and you go on a journey with the author of that book. I think that’s really a good thing.
Mary Steenburgen
Cloud Atlas’ is but one of a long list of titles deemed unfilmable, by author and movie moguls alike, until it was, well, filmed.
Maria Konnikova
My life is pretty ordinary in so many ways. I live in a town called Plainville. I have the life of an average dad. It feels like I have this secret identity as an author, and it’s still very surreal to me.
Jeff Kinney
The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself.
Carter G. Woodson
I always make a point of keeping the most pleasant-sounding name for the murderer. As he or she is bound to come to an unpleasant end, it seems the very least the author can do.
Ngaio Marsh
If you were to ask me to pick my favourite author, well, there are so many of them, I’d really just have to say the first names that came to mind, and I’m sure that I’ll later think ‘Oh, I should have mentioned that one.’
Vikram Seth
No one likes to feel helpless. We find it psychologically unbearable and inside ourselves we may try to make ourselves part author of our misfortune rather than simply the recipient of it.
Susie Orbach
One way an author dies a little each day is when his books go out of print.
William Goldman
As an author, you need to keep talking to your audience to remind yourself what they like and what they don’t like. You spend most of your life locked in a room, and you need to be social occasionally.
Jonathan Stroud
Traditional publishers require an author to submit a ma

Traditional publishers require an author to submit a manuscript six months in advance, and if pressed, no later than two or three.
Heather Brooke
Michael Lewis, author of ‘Moneyball,’ got special access for a profile of Obama for ‘Vanity Fair’ – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes.
Ben Shapiro
I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author. I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk.
Jan Karon
If you’re writing a scene for a character with whom you disagree in every way, you still need to show how that character is absolutely justified in his or her own mind, or the scene will come across as being about the author’s views rather than about the character’s.
Tana French
I am happy because I am no longer an author.
Karl Ove Knausgard
I was on this weird, wild goose chase where I thought I might try to adapt a Willa Cather book. And if you don’t know Willa Cather, she was an author in the early 1900s. And for a while, she wrote these books about New York high society.
Lee Isaac Chung
The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author.
Isaac D’Israeli
For pity’s sake, if you don’t take a shine to a novel, there are loads more in the world; read something else. Continue suffering, and it’s not the author’s fault. It’s yours.
Lionel Shriver
There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than in being the first author of the thought.
Pierre Bayle
Book tours are almost designed to beat out of an author any affection he has for his book.
Michael Lewis
A relationship book I once read told women to use the word ‘fun’ whenever possible. The author claimed it had a subliminal aphrodisiac effect on men, who want a relaxed girl attached only to good times – the human equivalent of Diet Coke. This is not me.
Julie Klausner
I am Superwoman. I am the author of 15 novels, including one about cancer. I am not, however, someone who ‘gets’ cancer. I am a sun worshipper who never thought it could happen to me.
Jane Green
Balancing an illustrator and author can be tricky, but I was an illustrator mostly before I wrote my books.
Tony DiTerlizzi
I have been luckier than anyone I know or even heard of. I had a very happy childhood, a good education, I enjoyed working as a teacher, journalist and author. I have loved a wonderful man for over 33 years, and I believe he loves me, too.
Maeve Binchy
At the end of the 1950s, I started working at a publishing company, Estudios Cor, as production manager, so returning, but not as an author, to the world of letters I had left some years before.
Jose Saramago
My metaphor for translation has always been that translation is really a performance art. You take the original and try to perform it, really, in a different medium. Part of that is about interpretation and what you think the author’s voice really is.
Ken Liu
I’m a single parent, a working mother, an executive, and an author. My greatest accomplishment will be to raise three wonderful children.
Ivana Trump
I’ve dealt with depression my entire life, on and off, which makes me the perfect author for teenage readers.
Laurie Halse Anderson
A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.
Oscar Wilde
What had brought me to New York in the autumn of 1972 was a letter of recommendation written by Norman Mailer, the author of ‘The Naked and the Dead’ and American literature’s leading heavyweight contender, to Dan Wolf, the delphic editor of ‘The Village Voice.’
James Wolcott
I’ve been reading ‘The Sisterhood,’ and I love the author Bobbie Houston and what she’s about. It’s the whole idea of women celebrating each other’s wins and journeying through life together.
Eloise Wellings
I don’t doubt that God can bring good out of tragedies, but the Bible is clear that God is not the author of evil!
Tony Campolo
‘Lonesome Dove’ by Larry McMurtry and ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ by Barbara Kingsolver have stuck with me throughout my life, and I think that says a lot about an author’s writing.
Tess Gerritsen
No one person is the author of a Bourne film. The truth is it’s a coalition of people who share the same vision for Bourne and his world, and we… its remarkably collaborative and collective.
Paul Greengrass
The dwarfed trees of the Chinese and Japanese have been noticed by every author who has written upon these countries, and all have attempted to give some description of the method by which the effect is produced.
Robert Fortune
What inspired me to become an author? I think it was the snow in New York. I looked out the window and I said, ‘Well, I have to get dressed every morning to go to teach, but if I write a book, I can stay home in my bathrobe, eat candy corn.’
Patricia Reilly Giff
The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It’s not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.
Augusten Burroughs
Someone putting down $25 of his or her hard-earned money to buy my product, then doing it again because they felt the payoff was worth it. That’s as good as it gets for an author.
Brad Thor
I don’t tend to be a nitpicker when I’m watching movies, so as long as something is true to the spirit of the original, that’s very much what we got for. You try to never do something that the original author wouldn’t have done themselves.
Jane Goldman
For a lot of people, becoming an author is a change in occupation… they are coming from something that totally has nothing to do with this. If they are expecting to come into a room full of people praising them, then they are in the wrong place.
Eric Jerome Dickey
My first novel, ‘The Lions of Lucerne,’ just poured out of me. It was an amazing feeling of accomplishment. My biggest fear and therefore my biggest obstacle to becoming an author had been, ‘What if I spend all that time and the book is no good?’
Brad Thor
It's easier to come up with new stories than it is to f

It’s easier to come up with new stories than it is to finish the ones you already have. I think every author would feel that way.
Stephenie Meyer
Every author believes that the book which he is placing before the public will ‘fill a long-felt want,’ and success or failure depends very much on how closely he has been able to gauge the nature of the ‘long-felt want.’
Will C. Barnes
When it comes to memoir, we want to catch the author in a lie. When we read fiction, we want to catch the author telling the truth.
Tayari Jones
Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.
Salman Rushdie
The bestseller charts, a sure indicator of public taste, tell us with relentless frequency that Marian Keyes or Jeffrey Archer is a better author, by some dizzying six-figure sum, both in numbers of copies and money, than, say, J. M. Coetzee or Patrick White. Are they right?
Neel Mukherjee
I never admit to wishing I’d written something by another author, but if my name mysteriously appeared on the title page of ‘The Guns of August,’ I wouldn’t complain.
H. W. Brands
The terms of copyright last far too long: either the life of the author plus 70 years after death for a personal work or 95 years for a corporate work. That length doesn’t encourage more authorship – it merely limits the speakers who could share powerful speeches, books, and films.
Marvin Ammori
There’s no such thing as a perfect person, so it makes no sense to write a perfect person. I don’t know any author who’d try. And we write characters, not representations of groups.
David Levithan
I think authors like me are always struggling with the idea that they should have a brand and a Facebook author page and they should get Twitter accounts. I don’t know what to do with them.
Lynn Coady
If you were placing bets on which author would write the tenderest, most moving book about fatherhood, Philip Roth would probably come in at the bottom of the list.
Ben Dolnick
There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.
Pierre Bayle
If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in his judgment of his own works, no less are they in his reader.
Sarah Fielding
I’m not an author, but as a songwriter, I’m afforded this kind of luxurious ambiguity in songs of being able to confess the secrets of my relationships with people and face basically no consequences, or ask for no approval or permission.
Finneas
Sometime around 2006, I decided I had missed my true calling as a young adult author.
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Personally I estimate about a third of my time is spent on author events, social media and traditional publicity.
Sara Sheridan
I’m a single parent, a working mother, an executive, and an author. My greatest accomplishment will be to raise three wonderful children.
Ivana Trump
For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.
Arthur Schopenhauer
I want to be a lawyer, a dancer, an actress, a mother, a wife, a children’s author, a distance runner, a poet, a pianist, a pet store owner, an astronaut, an environmental and humanitarian activist, a psychiatrist, a ballet teacher, and the first woman president.
Rachel Corrie
Bad reviews are the bane of an author’s post-publication existence.
Nigel Hamilton
If the book is a mystery to its author as she’s writing, inevitably it’s going to be a mystery to the reader as he or she reads it.
Nicole Krauss
I’ve got lots of favourite authors, but I would say Nicci French because I look more forward to reading her next new book than any other author.
Sophie Hannah
It’s very hard to get one publisher to accept an author going over to the other author’s company to collaborate.
Marcia Muller
There can be no better grounding for a lifetime as an author than to see humanity in all its various guises through the lens of the reporter for the town.
Terry Pratchett
Right now, my career is in three directions: as a performer, as an arranger, as an author – and I don’t give any one of them true precedent, or true top marks, as opposed to the other two.
Mel Torme
There’s this creative thing in me that wants to have my work used – like the author of a book who wants it read.
James Goodnight
I decided to become an author when my grandmother taught me to write, when I was six. I can still recall the sensation of being able to turn words into stories. It was a miracle.
Henning Mankell
I took up a sort of a hobby of just hanging around the local library. I’d pick out an author and I would read all their books.
Tom T. Hall
For an author, the nice characters aren’t much fun. What you want are the screwed up characters. You know, the characters that are constantly wondering if what they are doing is the right thing, characters that are not only screwed up but are self-tapping screws. They’re doing it for themselves.
Terry Pratchett
Children know when they are being sold a sanitised version of the world, and I think that’s a betrayal of the relationship between author and reader.
Morris Gleitzman
My #1 job as a thriller author is to give readers the best white-knuckle thrill ride I am capable of. I am first and foremost in the entertainment business. If that suspenseful ride is also terrifying because it hits really close to home, then I am once again doing what I am supposed to do as a thriller author.
Brad Thor
God keeps me grounded as well as my husband, Keith Douglas, who is such an inspiration to me. He’s an author, speaker, and businessman. He’s just a great husband and blessing.
Tasha Smith
One of the agonies of being an author is to know when t

One of the agonies of being an author is to know when to stop writing.
Henning Mankell
I’ve never been a collector – just a consumer – and these days unless a book is signed to me by another author, I don’t normally have any qualms about passing it to a friend or donating it to the library.
Rick Riordan
What makes a book great, a so-called classic, it its quality of always being modern, of its author, though he be long dead, continuing to speak to each new generation.
Lawrence Clark Powell
It’s all run by one person, but, real talk, Brandon McCartney is a book author, the Based God is perfect and Lil B is the trendsetter, the person that everyone follows and pays attention to.
Lil B
Why wouldn’t – how couldn’t – an author care about how his or her books look?
Jonathan Safran Foer
My job as an author is to tell the story in the best way possible, to make it flow seamlessly and get the reader to keep turning the page.
Patrick Carman
Part of the job of a children’s author is to write books that will be remembered, definitely, but if I might go out on a limb, I will say that the other part, the more important part, is to build books that will help children fall in love with reading. That, to me, is the real job.
Rebecca Serle
I believe that it’s an author’s job to cast his imagination into the far spaces. Your life should – and I think it’s inescapable that it will – inform your work. I’m all for using anything that can make your art better, but your intuition should be an equal partner.
Brent Weeks
Who learns most from a good book is the author.
Jose Bergamin
To be true to a play, you can’t add something that takes away from the author’s intent.
Jason Robards
When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.
Plato
Anyone who wants simple, pat stories should buy another author’s product. The real universe ain’t that way, and neither are my fictive ones.
David Brin
It appears a bold thing to say so when one sees how much many a modern author who knows how to make a skilful use of the Book of Chronicles has to tell about the tabernacle.
Julius Wellhausen
The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds – the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall.
Chuck Jones
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
For me to be a billion-dollar author, I need to have people buying my books at Wal-Mart.
Amanda Hocking
For the critic, the author does not exist; only a certain number of writings exist.
Italo Calvino
An SF author who reads only SF will have little new to contribute, but someone with a broader experience will bring more to the table.
Walter Jon Williams
I had wanted to be a writer for a very long time, but I had no talent for finishing books. I would start them, get about 20,000 words in, and come to a screeching halt, because I had no idea how to outline a story or what my own process as an author was.
Leigh Bardugo
I still pinch meself when I wake up of a morning. Who ever thought I’d be a children’s author – let alone a best-selling children’s author?
Brian Jacques
Like most of us, I’m used to juggling about 52 roles in life. Wife. Mother. Sister. Friend. Author. Sometimes I feel a bit ‘multiple-personality’.
Sophie Kinsella
Now, Venus is an extremely hostile environment, and as such presents a lot of challenges for a science fiction author who wants to create life there. However, as I began to research it more thoroughly, I found myself intrigued by the possibilities the world offers.
Sarah Zettel
Writing is something I want to explore. If I were to do it, I would want it to be not a book made by a YouTuber; I would really want to respect that craft of literature and just be an author.
Tyler Oakley
An author’s ability to bring a marketing synopsis to the table – along with a great manuscript – makes a difference in what books get picked up. This is true for both fiction and nonfiction titles. You need to show your publisher what you’ve got in your marketing arsenal.
M. J. Rose
I’m very comfortable with tweeting, I have a very active author Facebook page, I Skype book clubs all over the world.
Cathy Marie Buchanan
English food writer Elizabeth David, cook and author Richard Olney and the owner of Domaine Tempier Lulu Peyraud have all really inspired the way I think about food.
Alice Waters
Publishing is a business. It’s about squeezing every last dollar out of every available source, and the most vulnerable source is the author. No clearer proof of that exists than the ‘standard’ book contract.
Thomas Hauser
Aleta St. James is an internationally renowned energy healer, life coach, best selling author, and more. Aleta does private sessions to release old resistance and shift out of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, addictions, infertility, and insecurity at a cellular level.
Jenna Morasca
If you’re too scared to put your dreams, thoughts, desires, fantasies on paper and share them with the world, then being an author isn’t the right career for you.
P. C. Cast
My favorite anything is always relative to the context of present time, place and mood. When I finish a book and want to immediately find another by the same author and no other, that author is elevated to my favorite.
Amy Tan
Every author dreams of the kind of attention that ‘Beautiful Children’ has received in the press. Obviously, it’s a shock whenever it happens. So yeah, I’m as surprised as everybody else.
Charles Bock
The language fictional characters use is chosen for eff

The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect, at least if the author is concentrating.
John M. Ford
I’ve done a lot of Shakespeare onstage, and I’m not convinced that the Earl of Oxford was the author of all those works, but I am convinced that the Stratfordian William Shakespeare was not. My feeling is that it was an amalgamation of many writers, in the same way that most films are a collaborative endeavor.
Rhys Ifans
At dramatic rehearsals, the only author that’s better than an absent one is a dead one.
George S. Kaufman
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When you have an author and an auteur, it’s a difficult and challenging relationship.
Sam Taylor-Johnson
A bad author can take the most moral issue and make you want to just never, ever think about that moral issue.
Azar Nafisi
If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet, he never would have written Macbeth.
Joyce Brothers
My childhood was a mix of ballet classes and debating society. I liked arguing. As a teenager, I wanted to be an author. Later on, inspired by Young Enterprise and the Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, I decided I wanted to go into business.
Jo Swinson
You can do whatever you want. If you want to be a singer, author, book writer, basketball player, you just have to put the time in.
Jordan Clarkson
The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
Gustave Flaubert
I’m a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.
Mickey Spillane
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
Jim Rohn
The writer marks the changes he wants to make, while a proofreader also goes through the galley, checking it page-by-page against the manuscript. Once all these changes are identified, a second-pass proof is made, and this, too, gets sent to the author and the proofreader, and the process begins anew.
Erik Larson
My parents were horrified when I told them I wanted to be an author.
Lloyd Alexander
The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.
Edward Gibbon
British cookbook author Elizabeth David led the most adventurous life but is widely credited with bringing to the fore the importance of home cooking.
Melissa Leong
As an author, I’ve never forgotten how to daydream.
Neil Gaiman
President Roosevelt, the author of Social Security, was the first to suggest that, in order to provide for the country’s retirement needs, Social Security would need to be supplemented by personal savings accounts.
John Doolittle
I’m the author of several books, including children’s books.
Eric Metaxas
My typical morning involves some time on the treadmill, but obviously I skip that a lot. Mostly, I wake up, check my email, then get to work on the various interviews and questions and phone calls that come with being an author.
Karin Slaughter
I admit to subscribing to all the celebrity rags. The best part of being an author is if the celebs aren’t being ridiculous enough, you can just make it up.
Lauren Weisberger
Once the world has been created, the fantasy author still has to bring the story’s characters to life and unfold a gripping plot. That’s why good fantasy is such a hard act to bring off.
Tony Bradman
I didn’t understand in the beginning that the editor didn’t want me to know the author. I’d make an effort to meet the author, but it would end up being a disaster because then I had the author telling me what I should be doing.
Peter Sis
Hey, over here! Have your picture taken with a reclusive author! Today only, we’ll throw in a free autograph! But wait, there’s more!
Thomas Pynchon
In the past I have declined to comment on my own work: because, it seems to me, a poem is what it is; because a poem is itself a definition, and to try to redefine it is to be apt to falsify it; and because the author is the person least able to consider his work objectively.
James Schuyler
I get up in the morning. I usually do a radio interview early in the morning. I usually do a book signing, because I’m also a cookbook author, so I’m at some store, at a Walmart or a Williams Sonoma, for three hours, standing up, signing autographs, and taking pictures for three hours.
Trisha Yearwood
Unless one is planning to go shopping – basically begging to be smothered by the ravening throngs of returners and bargain hunters; an embrace as constricting as that hugging machine designed by autistic author Temple Grandin – then Boxing Day feels like a bar after last call when the lights have been turned up.
David Rakoff
If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That’s the question that changed my life forever.
Amy Purdy
Being an author is always like being a well-run dictatorship – it’s all one person speaking.
Junot Diaz
If a secret history of books could be written, and the author’s private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
William Makepeace Thackeray
The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
Gustave Flaubert
I don't think about being famous, really. Being an auth

I don’t think about being famous, really. Being an author, I don’t generally get stopped as I walk down the street. It’s not like being a movie star.
Rick Riordan
Obviously it makes a difference if an author has a public online profile of some sort, even just down to the level of having a moderately popular blog. Most books sell 5, 10, or 15 thousand copies. Most are midlist books. With those people, even a modest online presence can make a difference in sales.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
I like to read novels where the author seems knowledgeable, like someone you know you could walk calmly next to through a complicated situation, and he or she would be alive to its meaning and ironies. And you wouldn’t even have to mention them out loud to each other.
Rachel Kushner
When a single author uploading his own books to Amazon can earn more money than a large N.Y. publisher exploiting both print and e-rights, there’s something amiss.
J. A. Konrath
I can’t change overnight into a serious literary author. You can’t compare apples to oranges. William Faulkner was a great literary genius. I am not.
John Grisham
In the world of book writing, an author really gets to have control over what he or she writes, which is why it is very satisfying. With the help of a great compatible editor, you really have something in the end you can call your own.
Liz Tuccillo
Your source material is the people you know, not those you don’t know, but every character is an extension of the author’s own personality.
Edward Albee
I’ve learned over the years that big-name writers might be treated fairly by the media conglomerates that dominate publishing today. But the average author isn’t.
Thomas Hauser
With the marketing pressures driving the book world today, it’s much easier to get the author of a memoir on a television show than a serious novelist.
David Halberstam
I became an author because I love words. I enjoyed playing with them when I was a kid, writing stories and plays, and doing whatever I could think to do with words. I kept my love of them growing up and still love to see what they can do.
James Howe
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Unlike the stereotypical author, I’ve never had a job as a short-order cook, but I love cooking hot breakfasts for lots of people, juggling the eggs and the bacon and the tomatoes and the fried potatoes and so on.
Garth Nix
When I do a workshop, there is always at least one author who comes up afterward and asks if I’ll take a look at his or her book and consider blurbing it. For some reason, I can turn someone down in e-mail, but when he or she is looking me in the eye, I cave.
M. J. Rose
I’ve been very lucky with prizes. But the thing about prizes is that, when you talk about a prize-winning author, you can be talking about one that is well-regarded but doesn’t sell any books.
Jim Crace
Reading Edmund Morris’s ‘Colonel Roosevelt’ is a rewarding journey, as it must also have been for its author, who concludes his three-volume saga begun in 1980 with publication of ‘The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.’
Fred Kaplan
The audience may not have felt it was right, and the author may have felt a little upset, but every part I’ve played I’ve twisted around in my mind until I’ve made it into something of my own. Looking back over it, I didn’t deliberately sit down and plan like that, but it does read like it.
Katharine Cornell
The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by 500 readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the 500, he reaches the five hundred thousand.
Brooks Adams
Life is the most versatile thing under the sun; and in the pursuit of life and character the author who works in a groove works in blinkers.
Laurence Housman
We wanted to create an environment where if a game player enjoyed the ‘writing style’ of a particular game designer, he or she could look for the next game by that same author and not be disappointed.
David Crane
I am an author, and like many in my profession, I am also a traveling salesman, going all over in an attempt to persuade people to spend twenty-five dollars on a hardcover book by me.
Ian Frazier
Reading literature remains a civilising activity, no matter that it’s literature in which people do and say abominable things and the author curses like the very devil. What’s at issue is how we describe the way the civilising works.
Howard Jacobson
The stories I love the most are where the author has a lot of empathy for everyone. The author loves their characters and takes their situations really seriously, and you feel like you’re just dropped into a different world.
Molly Antopol
I think it’s always good for the author to stay a good cattle prod’s distance from the actual moviemaking.
Carl Hiaasen
Find me a first novel that doesn’t have parallels with the author’s life.
Sophie Dahl
Any book on empire will omit, by necessity, vast tracts of the imperial experience, and so critics can easily find facts and details to contradict an author’s bold generalisations.
Kwasi Kwarteng
My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers – it’s what my children call my ‘dead author wall.’ I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few.
Debbie Macomber
Illustrations can be a big window: a looking glass into the author’s imagination.
Tony DiTerlizzi
Maybe other writers have perfect first drafts, but I am not one of them. I always try to get the book as tight as I can, but you reach a point as the author where you have lost all perspective.
Sarah Dessen
Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author’s intent; this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.
John M. Ford
When I was in fourth grade, a novelist came to talk to my English class. She told us that being an author meant sitting at the kitchen table in pajamas, drinking tea with the dogs at your feet.
J. Courtney Sullivan
These rough sketches, which are born in an instant in the heat of inspiration, express the idea of their author in a few strokes, while on the other hand too much effort and diligence sometimes saps the vitality and powers of those who never know when to leave off.
Giorgio Vasari
There's a truth that comes through when an author perfo

There’s a truth that comes through when an author performs his own work that is unique and special.
Michael Feinstein
I have to warn you, I’m not just some sitcom guy. I’m now an author.
Bob Newhart
All novels must be autobiographical because I am the only material that I know. All of the characters are me. But at the same time, a novel is never autobiographical even if it describes the life of the author. Literary writing is a completely different medium.
John Banville
Most people I know don’t even realize I’m an award-winning author, but I have gotten many opportunities to travel to places I’d never have visited otherwise.
Virginia Euwer Wolff
I know publishing now more as an author than with occasional peaks inside those elite offices than as an industry insider. It was difficult publishing a novel the first time around, while working behind the scenes, knowing all that has to happen to make a book a success and to still make the leap as an author.
Jennifer Gilmore
The turning point was when I hit my 30th birthday. I thought, if really want to write, it’s time to start. I picked up the book How to Write a Novel in 90 Days. The author said to just write three pages a day, and I figured, I can do this. I never got past Page 3 of that book.
James Rollins
In open-source in general, the power lies in connecting the author of the software directly to users, eliminating the middleman.
Peter Fenton
What I hate in fiction is when the author knows better than the characters what they should do.
Pat Barker
A memoir is not an autobiography. It’s a true story told as a novel, using techniques of novelization. The author is allowed to compress events, combine characters, change names, change the sequence of events, just as if he’s writing a novel. But it’s got to be true.
Homer Hickam
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The more gifted and talkative one’s characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
Vladimir Nabokov
I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction. So in that respect my writing can’t be like any other author’s really.
Paul Kane
Character development is what I value most as a reader of fiction. If an author can manage to create the sort of characters who feel fully real, who I find myself worrying about while I’m walking through the grocery store aisles a week later, that to me is as close to perfection as it gets.
J. Courtney Sullivan
My favourite author as a child and teenager, and who I still re-read now, is K. M. Peyton. She writes very truthfully; sometimes I’m not sure if I’ve actually done things or just experienced them in her books.
Sadie Jones
But novels are never about what they are about; that is, there is always deeper, or more general, significance. The author may not be aware of this till she is pretty far along with it.
Diane Johnson
The idea is to become a best-selling author first and then the rest of my books will be slam dunks.
Nolan Bushnell
Asking the author of historical novels to teach you about history is like expecting the composer of a melody to provide answers about radio transmission.
Lion Feuchtwanger
When you haven’t met someone, regardless of whether they’re an author or not, when you’re taking their work, and you are in some way filtering it or interpreting it, of course there’s potential for them to feel that you have, in some way, not lived up to what it could have been.
Laeta Kalogridis
Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the variations in style and genre, as long as they get that sense of story, of character, of empathetic involvement.
Dean Koontz
I know that I am a singer and an actor, yet in order to give the public the impression that I am neither one nor the other, but the real man conceived by the author, I have to feel and to think as the man the author had in mind.
Enrico Caruso
An author who sets about to depict events of the past that have run their course is suspected of wishing to avoid the problems of the present day, of being, in other words, a reactionary.
Lion Feuchtwanger
If I like a book, I tend to read the author’s entire collection. But I choose mainly through personal recommendations, general word of mouth and book reviews.
Randa Abdel-Fattah
It makes me nuts, the idea that if you put a political struggle at the heart of your book, then it has to be that the author – me – is trying in some way to push my views onto my readers.
Ruth Ozeki
I’ve lost both parents in the last two years, so you pick up on that stuff. That’s the most terrible thing about being an author – standing there at your mother’s funeral, but you don’t switch the author off. So your own innermost thoughts are grist for the mill.
Terry Pratchett
An author’s characters do what he wants them to do.
W. E. B. Griffin
I fought as an infantry Marine on one of the Vietnam War’s harshest battlefields. After leaving the Marine Corps, I studied law and found a fulfilling career as an author and journalist. But again and again, I came back to the personal fulfillment that can only come from public service.
Jim Webb
I am the freest author in the world.
J. K. Rowling
To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.
Charles Caleb Colton
John Austin, author of ‘Cubicle Warfare,’ has outdone himself with ‘Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction,’ a fully illustrated step-by-step guide to constructing thirty-five pocket-sized war machines, including a Clothespin Shooter, a Hanger Slingshot, a Paper-Clip Trebuchet, and Shoelace Darts.
Camille Perri
My e-books sales have overtaken everything else, so I think all the marketing has become very much driven by the author now because of social media.
Jane Green
Ten years ago, you wrote a book and you never expected to find out anything about the author. Now with social media, everyone wants that connection. I think our readers want to be invited into our lives and brought on the journey and be part of this whole process.
Jane Green
I wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember.

I wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember.
Walter Jon Williams
Why there is one body in our System qualified to give light and heat to all the rest, I know no reason but because the Author of the System thought it convenient; and why there is but one body of this kind, I know no reason, but because one was sufficient to warm and enlighten all the rest.
Isaac Newton
Nobody wants to read a 600 page book in which the author is fabulous throughout.
Salman Rushdie
The problem is that in order to publish a book in mainland China, you have to agree to be subject to censorship. That’s the nature of the system. I don’t challenge that system on its face. It’s their system. But as an author, I have a choice to make whether I’ll participate or I won’t.
Evan Osnos
When we read, we are doing more than delectating words on a page stories, characters, images, notions. We are communing with the mind of the author.
Martin Amis
A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.
Oscar Wilde
I shall be but a shrimp of an author.
Thomas Gray
Writing is probably the least glamorous profession there is. This doesn’t change when you become an author.
Rebecca Serle
My name is Matthew Walker, I am a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and I am the author of the book ‘Why We Sleep.’
Matthew Walker
A novel is a conversation starter, and if the author isn’t there for the after-party, both the writer and the reader are missing a lot.
Maggie Stiefvater