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    Let me not be so vain to think that I'm the sole author of my victories and a victim of my defeats.
    — Ze Frank
    tags: victory  author  victim 
     
    Have you ever seen a chess article without a brilliant example of the author's own play? 'Silly question,' you will say. Quite.
    — Yuri Razuvaev
    There are two generic and invariable features that characterize utopias. One is the content: the authors of utopias paint what they consider to be ideal societies; translating this into the language of mathematics, we might say that utopias bear a + sign. The other feature, organically growing out of the content, is to be found in the form: a utopia is always static; it is always descriptive and has no, of almost no, plot dynamics.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    Cathy Clamp is a visionary author, creating new worlds that are both strong and vividly drawn. Adventure and excitement at its best.
    — Yasmine Galenorn
    It's not a choice. Either I write or I don't, especially when I'm in a foreign culture. I've lived in London for years, and I must continue my writing and filmmaking. The most important thing for an artist or an author is to continue her work. Languages and settings are the tools but not the first thing.
    — Xiaolu Guo
    The fact that the author thinks slowly is not serious, but the fact that he publishes faster than he thinks is inexcusable.
    — Wolfgang Pauli
    tags: facts  author 
     
    There are scores of books offering 'solutions' to sprawl. Their authors would do well to read this book.
    — Witold Rybczynski
    tags: book  author  read 
     
    Quotologists encounter happy surprises, bright books by faded authors, treasures hidden under dust.
    — Willis Regier
    tags: book  author 
     
    Cunning authors cut to be quoted.
    — Willis Regier
    tags: author 
     
    Good writing has an aliveness that keeps the reader reading from one paragraph to the next, and it's not a question of gimmicks to "personalize" the author.
    — William Zinsser
    There is an element of autobiography in all fiction in that pain or distress, or pleasure, is based on the author's own. But in my case that is as far as it goes.
    — William Trevor
    tags: pain  pleasure  author  fiction 
     
    Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever.
    — William Styron
    When a goat likes a book, the whole book is gone, and the meaning has to go find an author again.
    — William Stafford
    tags: meaning  gone  book  author 
     
    A plain narrative of any remarkable fact, emphatically related, has a more striking effect without the author's comment.
    — William Shenstone
    tags: facts  author 
     
    I enjoyed reading all the classic authors like Isaac Asimov and Bradbury.
    — William Shatner
    tags: reading  author 
     
    I do not hold that because the author did a bad job of writing the player need trump it with the same kind of acting. When I go into a picture I have only one character to look after. If the author didn't do him justice, I try to add whatever the creator of the part overlooked.
    — William Powell
    Writing is a vessel...with readers the ocean and authors as its sails.
    — William Petersen
    tags: ocean  writing  author 
     
    I'm not an actual author but an accidental one.
    — William P. Young
    tags: author 
     
    If I can give a young author any advice, whatsoever, never let anyone announce the film sale of your first novel. Film rights are sold to almost every novel, but it shouldn't be the lead story in your first engagement with the press. Then you end up getting reviews like "a novel made for the screen" and things like that.
    — William Monahan
    tags: advice  young  right  film  novel  stories  author 
     
    Tides of History provides a splendid prism through which we may view the wider world of Victorian science. . . . Historians of science will have cause to heap praise on this book, but so too will the non-specialists. The author's splendid writing style, at times appropriately Puckish, makes this work an accessible and enjoyable read.
    — William M. Fowler
    tags: time  work  world  praise  writing  book  author  read 
     
    Michael Koryta isn't just one of the finest authors working in the crime genre today. He's simply one of today's finest authors, period. His stories are taut, compelling, and beautifully rendered. His understanding of human nature-the good, the evil, and all the gray between-is masterful. THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD is Koryta at his best.
    — William Kent Krueger
    The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our nation, on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free Institutions. From no source has this author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible, I make no apology.
    — William Holmes McGuffey
    From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology.
    — William Holmes McGuffey
    tags: bible  sacred  author 
     
    Nature is a volume of which God is the author.
    — William Harvey
    tags: nature  god  author 
     
    Of the authors writing in English, I'd mention Shakespeare and Milton. But all this is terribly high-hat and makes me sound very po-faced, I'm afraid; however, I just happen to like these enormous, swinging, great creatures.
    — William Golding
    tags: writing  author 
     
    I suppose I'd have to say that my favourite author is Homer. After Homer's Ilaid, I'd name The Odyssey, and then I'd mention a number of plays of Euripides.
    — William Golding
    tags: author 
     
    The novel is very much alive, indeed. In Toronto at the Sixth Annual International Festival of Authors (October 1985) I listened to novelists by the dozen.
    — William Golding
    tags: novel  author 
     
    If ever there was a book calculated to make a man in love with its author, this appears to me to be the book.
    — William Godwin
    tags: men  book  author 
     
    A book exists at the intersection of the author's subconscious and the reader's response.
    — William Gibson
    tags: book  author 
     
    The Simpson's in Piccadilly has been turned into the largest bookstore in all of Europe! How can they fill it? All of these purpose-built Borders and Chapters and every new mall that goes up has a giant chain bookstore with a purpose-built author reading space, whoah, what's gong on there.
    — William Gibson
    tags: space  reading  author 
     
    Indeed a good quotation hardly ever comes amiss. It is a pleasing break in the thread of a speech or writing, allowing the speaker or writer to retire for an instant while another and greater makes himself heard. And this calling-up of the deathless dead implies also a community of mind with them, which the reader will not grudge the author lest he should seem to deny it to himself.
    — William Francis Henry King
    Successful salesmen, authors, executives and workmen of every sort need patience. The great liability of youth is not inexperience but impatience.
    — William Feather
    When scandal has new-minted an old lie,Or tax'd invention for a fresh supply,'Tis call'd a satire, and the world appearsGathering around it with erected ears;A thousand names are toss'd into the crowd,Some whisper'd softly, and some twang'd aloud,Just as the sapience of an author's brain,Suggests it safe or dangerous to be plain.
    — William Cowper
    Dejection of spirits, which may have prevented many a man from becoming an author, made me one. I find constant employment necessary, and therefore take care to be constantly employed. . . . When I can find no other occupation, I think; and when I think, I am very apt to do it in rhyme.
    — William Cowper
    tags: men  care  author  spirit  occupation  rhyme 
     
    Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace?
    — William Cowper
    tags: author 
     
    Few literary depictions of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake match the intensity and visceral power of those in Flacco's gripping first novel. The author's screenwriting talent shines in this story of the earth's destructive power and humanity's moral depravity. The emerging maniacal personality, revealed in increasingly gruesome and venomous detail, rivals the Ripper.Dickens meets Hannibal Lecter. Brace yourself.
    — William Bernhardt
    Scandal is the sport of its authors, the dread of fools, and the contempt of the wise.
    — William Benton Clulow
    tags: wise  author  fools 
     
    I would rather be the author of one original thought than conqueror of a hundred battles. Yet moral excellence is so much superior to intellectual, that I ought to esteem one virtue more valuable than a hundred original thoughts.
    — William Benton Clulow
    Now that Stevenson is dead I can think of but one English- speaking author who is really keeping his self-respect and sticking forperfection. Of course I refer to that mighty master of language and keen student of human actions and motives, Henry James.
    — Willa Cather
    Many people seem to think that art is a luxury to be imported and tacked on to life. Art springs out of the very stuff that life is made of. Most of our young authors start to write a story and make a few observations from nature to add local color. The results are invariably false and hollow. Art must spring out of the fullness and richness of life.
    — Willa Cather
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