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Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

The characteristic of Chaucer is intensity: of Spencer, remoteness: of Milton elevation and of Shakespeare everything.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) British economist.


Every writer ''creates'' his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) Argentine writer, essayist, and poet.

Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) English novelist .

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) British politician, poet and critic.

An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.