I wrote a few children’s books. Not on purpose.
If Moses were alive today he’d come down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments and spend the next five years trying to get them published.
Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications.
I get a lot of letters from people. They say: “I want to be a writer. What should I do?” I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it.
If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers.
Irvin S. Cobb
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.
Writers don’t have lifestyles. They sit in little rooms and write.
The dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he’s given the freedom to starve anywhere.
I was sorry to hear my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I am not feeling very well myself.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
The only time I’ll get good reviews is if I kill myself.
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgement.
An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing.
From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.
Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
Dr. Samuel Johnson (to an aspiring writer)
Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.
From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it.