author as you choose
a friend.—Earl of Roscommon.
motives and purposes of
authors are not always so pure and high, as, in the enthusiasm of
we sometimes imagine. To many the trumpet of fame is nothing but a tin
horn to call them home, like laborers from the field, at dinner-time,
they think themselves lucky to get the dinner.—Longfellow.
- It is
doubt whether mankind
are most indebted to those who, like Bacon and Butler, dig the gold
the mine of literature, or to those who, like Paley, purify it, stamp
fix its real value, and give it currency and utility.—Colton.
one offend more in
writing too much than too little.—Roger Ascham.
- He who
proposes to be an author
should first be a student.—Dryden.
so beneficial to
a young author as the advice of a man whose judgment stands
at the freezing-point.—Douglas Jerrold.
deserve it, and
what numbers claim!
with sense above
their peers refin'd,
stand up, dictators
if not in virtue's cause?
of just applause.
or mothers think
their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with
to the offspring of the mind.—Cervantes.
in authorship—to write anything worth the publishing, to find honest
to publish it, and to get sensible men to read it.—Colton.
many great ones
may remember'd be,
write on a subject without
having first read yourself full on it; and never read on a subject till
you have thought yourself hungry on it.—Richter.
their days most
famously did flourish,
Of whom no
word we hear,
nor sign now see,
things wip'd out
with a sponge do perish,
not to cherish
pride or covetize,
for ever memorize!
most engaging powers
of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things
well is to think well,
to feel well, and to render well; it is to possess at once intellect,
authors give their brains
much exercise and little food.—Joubert.
History of a Successful
Author: From ink-pots to flesh-pots —R.R.Kirk.