The trade of authorship is a violent, and indestructible obsession.
The pen is the tongue of the mind.
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
The great and good do no die even in this world. Embalmed in books, their spirits walk abroad. The book is a living voice. It is an intellect to which one still listens.
He who writes prose builds his temple to Fame in rubble; he who writes verses builds it in granite. - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton
Write to the mind and heart, and let the ear Glean after what it can.
Writers, especially when they act in a body and with one direction, have great influence on the public mind.
We are the products of editing, rather than of authorship.
Indeed, unless a man can link his written thoughts with the everlasting wants of men, so that they shall draw more from them as wells, there is no more immortality to the thoughts and feelings of the soul than to the muscles and bones.
The circumstance which gives authors an advantage above all these great masters, is this, that they can multiply their originals; or rather, can make copies of their works, to what number they please, which shall be as valuable as the originals themselves.
Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.
That writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
I didn't really escape that gravity until I moved 300 miles south to go to college at 18, where authorship no longer seemed something liable to induce vengeful punishment.
A man starts upon a sudden, takes Pen, Ink, and Paper, and without ever having had a thought of it before, resolves within himself he will write a Book; he has no Talent at Writing, but he wants fifty Guineas.
A man of moderate Understanding, thinks he writes divinely: A man of good Understanding, thinks he writes reasonably.
The writer, like a priest, must be exempted from secular labor. His work needs a frolic health; he must be at the top of his condition.
The unhappy man, who once has trail'd a pen, Lives not to please himself, but other men; Is always drudging, wastes his life and blood, Yet only eats and drinks what you think good.
To write much, and to write rapidly, are empty boasts. The world desires to know what you have done, and not how you did it.
Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing.
[Lat., Scibendi recte sapere est et principium et fons.]
The lover of letters loves power too.
Let it (what you have written) be kept back until the ninth year.
[Lat., Nonumque prematur in annum.]
Too indolent to bear the toil of writing; I mean of writing well; I say nothing about quantity.
[Lat., Piger scribendi ferre laborem;
Scribendi recte, nam ut multum nil moror.]
Often turn the stile [correct with care], if you expect to write anything worthy of being read twice.
[Lat., Saepe stilum vertas, iterum quae digna legi sint Scripturus.]
He who writes distichs, wishes, I suppose, to please by brevity. But, tell me, of what avail is their brevity, when there is a whose book full of them?
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