The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you
— Cyril Connolly
From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
— Groucho Marx
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
— Mark Twain
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
I’m astounded by people who take eighteen years to write something. That’s how long it took that guy to write Madame Bovary, and was that ever on the best-seller list?
—Sylvester Stallone, who wrote the script to Rocky in three days
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
— Dorothy Parker
Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself — it is the occurring which is difficult.
— Stephen Leacock
It took me 15 years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up, because by that time I was too famous.
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
— Peter de Vries
By Photography Harris A Ewing (Saturday Evening Post, 24 May 1941, pages 18-19) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.