If a writer has to rob his mother he will not hesitate; the ODE ON A GRECIAN URN is worth any number of old ladies.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
Every novel should have a beginning, a muddle and an end.
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.
Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.
Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.
If I couldn't read, I couldn't live.
All books are either dreams or swords. You can cut or you can drug with words.
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape punishment in the hereafter.
It's difficult to beat making your living thinking and writing about subjects that matter to you.
Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.
I wrote the story myself. It's all about a girl who lost her reputation but never missed it.
I was gravely warned by some of my female acquaintances that no woman could expect to be regarded as a lady after she had written a book.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
People disagreeing everywhere you look, makes you wanna stop and read a book.