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"I took a course in speed reading and was able to read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes. It's about Russia."
Woody Allen
"Journalism is literature in a hurry."
Matthew Arnold
"It took me fifteen 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."
Robert Benchley
"That trees should have been cut down to provide paper for this book was an ecological affront."
Anthony Blond
"If you write fiction you are, in a sense, corrupted. There's a tremendous corruptibility for the fiction writer because you're dealing mainly with sex and violence. These remain the basic themes, they're the basic themes of Shakespeare whether you like it or not."
Anthony Burgess
" Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the backyard and shot it."
Truman Capote
"'What is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversation?'"
Lewis Carroll
"I couldn't write the things they publish now, with no beginning and no end, and a little incest in the middle."
Irvin S. Cobb
"The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected."
Frank Dane
"Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away."
Clarence Darrow
"A novel according to my taste, does not come into the moderately good class unless it contains some person whom one can thoroughly love - and if a pretty woman, all the better."
Charles Darwin
"The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children."
Benjamin Disraeli
"Nine-tenths of all existing books are nonsense."
Benjamin Disraeli
"A man's library is a sort of harem."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads."
Anatole France
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money."
Samuel Johnson
"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."
Samuel Johnson
" Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way around."
David Lodge
"Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it."
Russell Lynes
"Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood."
Gabriel García-Marquez
"I was so long writing my review that I never got around to reading the book. From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it. Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book -and does."
Groucho Marx
"A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down."
Edna St. Vincent Millay
"A man with his belly full of the classics is an enemy of the human race."
Henry Miller
"In recommending a book to a friend the less said the better. The moment you praise a book too highly you awaken resistance in your listener."
Henry Miller
"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."
Dorothy Parker
"The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great bestsellers."
V. S. Pritchett
"No one ever writes a book in which he is the bad guy."
Andy Rooney
"Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life."
Robert Louis Stevenson
"A classic is something that everyone wants to have read and nobody wants to read."
Mark Twain
" Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. When in doubt, tell the truth. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use."
Mark Twain
"Teaching has ruined more American novelists than drink."
Gore Vidal
"Every novel should have a beginning, a muddle and an end."
Peter De Vries
"I never could understand how two men can write a book together; to me that's like three people getting together to have a baby."
Evelyn Waugh
"I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens."
E. B. White
"The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature."
Alfred North  Whitehead
"The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book."
Walt Whitman
" The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read."
Oscar Wilde
"Boy meets girl; girl gets boy into pickle; boy gets pickle into girl."
Jack Woodford

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