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I consider time as an in immense ocean, in which many noble authors are entirely swallowed up.
      - Joseph Addison

It is scarce possible at once to admire and excel an author, as water rises no higher than the reservoir it falls from.
      - Francis Bacon

Tradesmen regard an author with a mixed feeling of terror, compassion and curiosity.
      - Honore de Balzac

I am neither a man nor a woman but an author.
      - Charlotte Bronte (used pseudonym Currer Bell),
        in a letter to William Smith Williams

If you liked a book, don't meet the author.
      - Raymond Chandler

Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
      - Robertson Davies

Choose an author as you choose a friend.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.
      - Ernest Hemingway

A successful author is equally in danger of the diminution of his fame, whether he continues or ceases to write.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The purpose of a writer is to be read, and the criticism which would destroy the power of pleasing must be blown aside.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Those authors are to be read at schools that supply most axioms of prudence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance, and when he is dead we rate them by his best.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

An author departs, he does not die.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik)

People take England on trust, and repeat that Shakespeare is the greatest of all authors. I have read him: there is nothing that compares Racine or Corneille: his plays are unreadable, pitiful.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I),
        in "The Coriscan," edited by R.M. Johnston

Hemingway was a jerk.
      - Harold Robbins (originally Francis Kane)

Nothing is more painful to me than the disdain with which people treat second-rate authors, as if there were room only for the first-raters.
      - Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve,
        in Hans Zinsser's "As I Remember Him," p. 8

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
      - Logan Pearsall Smith

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
      - Virginia Woolf (nee Stephen) (Adeline Virginia Woolf)


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