The 25 Best Quotes About Authors

The 25 Best Quotes About Authors

In this post from Writers Write, your writing resource, we share a selection of our favourite quotes about authors.

Happy National Author’s Day! The first of November is the day to celebrate your favourite authors. The US Department of Commerce recognised 1 November as National Author’s Day in 1949. (Read more here).

I love this idea. I have found faith, solace, joy, and redemption in the books I have read. From the moment I could read, I was entranced by the magic that existed between the pages of a novel. I am grateful to all the authors who truly made me realise I was not alone.

I wanted to celebrate by putting together a selection of my favourite quotes about authors. I hope you enjoy them.

The 25 Best Quotes About Authors

  1. A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing. ~Eugene Ionesco
  2. All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. ~George Orwell
  3. A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. ~Thomas Mann
  4. Writers and artists know that ethereal moment, when just one, fleeting something—a chill, an echo, the click of a lamp, a question—ignites the flame of an entire work that blazes suddenly into consciousness. ~Nadine C. Keels
  5. But writers and their woes: they couldn’t be parted. Not for anything. ~Naomi Wood
  6. To say that a writer’s hold on reality is tenuous is an understatement – it’s like saying the Titanic had a rough crossing. Writers build their own realities, move into them and occasionally send letters home. The only difference between a writer and a crazy person is that a writer gets paid for it. ~David Gerrold

  7. Authors must spend months, years making fantasy believable in a single work while reality runs rampant and complete chaos elsewhere. ~Don Roff
  8. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. ~G.K. Chesterton
  9. Authors were shy, unsociable creatures, atoning for their lack of social aptitude by inventing their own companions and conversations. ~Agatha Christie
  10. There is no idea so brilliant or original that a sufficiently-untalented writer can’t screw it up. ~Raymond E. Feist
  11. Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite. ~Edward Albee
  12. A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  13. If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favour you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. ~Dorothy Parker
  14. Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons. ~Robertson Davies
  15. What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. ~Logan Pearsall Smith
  16. I’m the kind of writer that people think other people are reading. ~V. S. Naipaul
  17. It’s better not to know authors personally, because the real person never corresponds to the image you form of him from reading his books. ~Italo Calvino
  18. Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  19. The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can’t help it. ~Leo Rosten
  20. The writer has little control over personal temperament, none over historical moment, and is only partly in charge of his or her own aesthetic. ~Julian Barnes
  21. Either a writer doesn’t want to talk about his work, or he talks about it more than you want. ~Anatole Broyard
  22. I suspect that most authors don’t really want criticism, not even constructive criticism. They want straight-out, unabashed, unashamed, fulsome, informed, naked praise, arriving by the shipload every fifteen minutes or so. ~Neil Gaiman
  23. The historian records, but the novelist creates. ~E. M. Forster
  24. Crippled and crazy, we hobble toward the finish line, pen in hand. ~Siri Hustvedt

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 1st November 2014

3 thoughts on “The 25 Best Quotes About Authors”

  1. Karen R. Sanderson

    Ithink #1 IS number 1. There is hardly a moment when I am not thinking about writing…no matter what I’m doing. And every day I think, “Oh! That’s an idea I should make note of…that might be the start of a good story…”

  2. Cecille Anne Kinnear.

    Art is the conversation I have with myself, as an underachiever failing to thrive seven year old, I reinvented myself from a sick bed in my aunt’s home as a creepy pale girl who could see ghosts.

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