20 Great Author Quotes

Here are 20 quotes on writing from some of our favorite authors. 

AUTHOR QUOTE #1 - Roald Dahl, WD

"I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book." - Roald Dahl, WD 

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AUTHOR QUOTE #2 - Carl Sandburg, WD

​"Beware of advice--even this." - Carl Sandburg

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AUTHOR QUOTE #3 - Elmore Leonard

​"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it." - Elmore Leonard

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AUTHOR QUOTE #4 - Virginia Woolf

​"Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others."

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AUTHOR QUOTE #5 - Jim Thompson

​"There is only one plot--things are not what they seem." - Jim Thompson

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AUTHOR QUOTE #6 - Nick Hornby

​“Funny + sad is what I'm pitching for, every time.” - Nick Hornby

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AUTHOR QUOTE #7 - Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou

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AUTHOR QUOTE #8 - Jack Kerouac

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” Jack Kerouac

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AUTHOR QUOTE #9 - Ernest Hemmingway

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes master." - Ernest Hemmingway

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AUTHOR QUOTE #10 - Lloyd Alexander

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” - Lloyd Alexander

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AUTHOR QUOTE #11 - Stephen King

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” - Stephen King

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AUTHOR QUOTE #12 - Daphne du Maurier

“Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story.” Daphne du Maurior

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AUTHOR QUOTE #13 -  E.L. Doctorow

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” - E. L. Doctorow

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AUTHOR QUOTE #14 - Thomas Jefferson

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” - Thomas Jefferson

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AUTHOR QUOTE #15 - Henry David Thoreau

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” - Henry David Thoreau

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AUTHOR QUOTE #16 - S. Kelley Harrell

“Online review sites are the slushpiles of feedback.” - Kelley Harrell

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AUTHOR QUOTE #17 - Ray Bradbury

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” - Ray Bradbury

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AUTHOR QUOTE #18 - Phil Cousineau

“Inspiration comes and goes, creativity is the result of practice.”  Phil Cousineau

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AUTHOR QUOTE #19 - Cyril Connolly

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." 

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AUTHOR QUOTE #20 - Charles Dickens

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” - Charles Dickens

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