Books had instant replay long before televised sports.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.
I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.
You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
A great book should leave you with many experiences.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends.
Love of books is the best of all.
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Don't be dismayed by the opinions of editors, or critics. They are only the traffic cops of the arts.
Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.
Poetry is when you make new things familiar and familiar things new
When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.
When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new.
It ain't whatcha write, it's the way atcha write it.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.
We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
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