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Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years at least.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Of so much force are system and connection.
  [Lat., Tantum series juncturaque pollet.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (242)

Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing.
  [Lat., Scibendi recte sapere est et principium et fons.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (309)

Ye who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities.
  [Lat., Sumite materiam vestris, qui scribitis, aequam Viribus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (38)

Let it (what you have written) be kept back until the ninth year.
  [Lat., Nonumque prematur in annum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (388)

I (i.e. my writings) shall be consigned to that part of the town where they sell incense, and scents, and pepper, and whatever is wrapped up in worthless paper.
  [Lat., Deferar in vicum vendentem thus et odores,
    Et piper, et quicquid chartis amicitus ineptis.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (bk. II, I, 269)

But every little busy scibbler now
  Swells with the prasies which he gives himself;
    And, taking sanctuary in the crowd,
      Brags of this impudence, and scorns to mend.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Of the Art of Poetry (475)

Often turn the stile [correct with care], if you expect to write anything worthy of being read twice.
  [Lat., Saepe stilum vertas, iterum quae digna legi sint Scripturus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 10, 72)

Too indolent to bear the toil of writing; I mean of writing well; I say nothing about quantity.
  [Lat., Piger scribendi ferre laborem;
    Scribendi recte, nam ut multum nil moror.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 4, 12)

He that writes
  Or makes a feast, more certainly invites
    His judges than is friends; there's not a guest
      But will find something wanting or ill-drested.
      - Sir Robert Howard

The only happy author in this world is he who is below the care of reputation.
      - Washington Irving

Nothing is so beneficial to a young author as the advice of a man whose judgment stands constitutionally at the freezing-point.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Genius now and then produces a lucky trifle. We still read the Dove of Anacreon, and Sparrow of Catullus; and a writer naturally pleases himself with a performance which owes nothing to the subject.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He [Milton] was a Phidias that could cut a Colossus out of a rock, but could not cut heads out of cherry stones.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        according to Hannah More

Modern writers are the moons of literature; they shine, with reflected light,--with light borrowed from the ancients.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

People may be taken in once, who imagine that an author is greater in private life than other men.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The wickedness of a loose or profane author, in his writings, is more atrocious than that of the giddy libertine or drunken ravisher; not only because it extends its effects wider (as a pestilence that taints the air is more destructive than poison infused in a draught), but because it is committed with cool deliberation.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

There is nothing more dreadful to an author than neglect; compared with which reproach, hatred, and opposition are names of happiness; yet this worst, this meanest fate, every one who dares to write has reason to fear.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

There seems to be a strange affectation in authors of appearing to have done everything by chance.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A man may write at any time if he set himself doggedly to it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

There are two things which I am confident I can do very well; one one is an introduction to any literary work, stating what it is to contain, and how it should be executed in the most perfect manner.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Preface to Dictionary

Each change of many-coloured life he drew,
  Exhausted worlds and then imagined new:
    Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign,
      And panting Time toil'd after him in vain.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Prologue on the Opening of the Drury Lane Theatre

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure; emotion is easily propagated from the writer to the reader.
      - Joseph Joubert


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