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Quotation... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.

Henry W. Fowler Quotes

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A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.

Robert Burton Quotes

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The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.

James Bryce Quotes

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Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

Gene Fowler Quotes

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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Joseph Addison Quotes

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When I am dead, I hope it may be said: "His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.".

Hilaire Belloc Quotes

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A good writer is not necessarily a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.

Jim Bishop Quotes

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A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion.

Robert Chapman Quotes

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That is the point of quotations. One can use another's words to be insulting.

Amanda Cross Quotes

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I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.

Cliff Fadiman Quotes

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Today the discredit of words is very great. Most of the time the media transmit lies. In the face of an intolerable world, words appear to change very little. State power has become congenitally deaf, which is why --but the editorialists forget it --terrorists are reduced to bombs and hijacking.

John Berger Quotes

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The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great bestsellers.

V. S. Pritchett Quotes

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Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.

Alan Bennett Quotes

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In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.

Charles Edwin Carruthers Quotes

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The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.

Jackie Collins Quotes

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Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!.

Fannie Flagg Quotes

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Words of love, are works of love.

William R. Alger Quotes

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Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.

Arnold Bennett Quotes

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To write is to make oneself the echo of what cannot cease speaking -- and since it cannot, in order to become its echo I have, in a way, to silence it. I bring to this incessant speech the decisiveness, the authority of my own silence.

Maurice Blanchot Quotes

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Writers are the main landmarks of the past.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton Quotes

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Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications.

Fran Lebowitz Quotes

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No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.

Mary Wortley Montagu Quotes

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A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

Mark Twain Quotes

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Some on commission, some for the love of learning, some because they have nothing better to do or because they hope these walls of books will deaden the drumming of the demon in their ears.

Louis Macneice Quotes

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I was allowed to ring the bell for five minutes until everyone was in assembly. It was the beginning of power.

Jeffrey Archer Quotes

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