The first author of speech was God himself, that instructed Adam how to name such creatures as He presented to his sight.
— Thomas Hobbes
I shall be but a shrimp of an author.
— Thomas Gray
A witty and informative professor posits that more authors do not choose titles borrowed from Shakespeare's sonnets and plays for the reason some people claim not to have partners: "All the good ones are taken."
— Thomas C Foster
Quotation mistakes, inadvertency, expedition, and human lapses, may make not only moles but warts in learned authors.
— Thomas Browne
Between the reputation of the author living and the reputation of the same author dead there is ever a wide discrepancy.
— Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Thus, then, stands the case. It is good, that authors should be remunerated; and the least exceptionable way of remunerating them is by a monopoly. Yet monopoly is an evil. For the sake of the good we must submit to the evil; but the evil ought not to last a day longer than is necessary for the purpose of securing the good.
— Thomas B. Macaulay
Our contention has always been that Shakespeare is our greatest living author. If he can survive a season on Broadway, he must be.
— Terry Hands
My real pleasure is that 4 times a week 1,800 people are standing up and shouting on Broadway for an author who died hundreds of years ago.
— Terry Hands
Literary texts do not exist on bookshelves: they are processes of signification materialized only in the practice of reading. For literature to happen, the reader is quite as vital as the author.
— Terry Eagleton
It is language which speaks in literature, in all its swarming 'polysemic' plurality, not the author himself.
— Terry Eagleton
The more complex and overwhelming the threat to a protagonist, the better the opportunity for the author to create a compelling conflict and a dramatic resolution.
— Terry Brooks
When I get into the moment of actually feeling like I want to write, to finish something, I do what I've always read authors do, and park myself at a desk and bang things out for three hours. And if I have to throw it all away, I throw it all away.
— Ted Leo
At the end of the day, despite all the other great things that literature does in society and in a person's life, I think that we read to escape. And I think that place, more than anything, provides that escape quickly, if an author is engaged with the place.
— Tea Obreht
When it comes to memoir, we want to catch the author in a lie. When we read fiction, we want to catch the author telling the truth.
— Tayari Jones
People know that I am a very good author. But they would rather read what I have to say about the next election.
— Tatyana Tolstaya
I am an atheist. I do not believe in prayers, I believe in work. And my work is that of an author. My pen is my weapon.
— Taslima Nasrin
I used to always read with a pen in my hand, as if the author and I were in a conversation.
— Tara Bray Smith
If I focused hard on getting a literary agent, and doing things like that, instead of designing my blog's header, I would have more money, I think. I think I don't view myself as an author. I view myself as a person. I view [anything] as part of being a person, so I feel okay with "marketing" or other things like that.
— Tao Lin
If you're writing a scene for a character with whom you disagree in every way, you still need to show how that character is absolutely justified in his or her own mind, or the scene will come across as being about the author's views rather than about the character's.
— Tana French
The thing about being a mystery writer, what marks a mystery writer out from a chick lit author or historical fiction writer, is that you always find a mystery in every situation.
— Tana French
THE NAME OF THE WIND has everything fantasy readers like, magic and mysteries and ancient evil, but it's also humorous and terrifying and completely believable. As with all the very best books in our field, it's not the fantasy trappings (wonderful as they are) that make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true, common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and loss.
— Tad Williams
Creativity runs across many categories in life, from the arts-and-crafts project a mum or dad does with their kids, to the bestselling author's manuscript, to the designs of the hairdresser, to the creations of the computer programming genius.
— Tabatha Coffey
I think it's a great thing to hear the author reading. I've listened to CDs of Cheever and Updike reading their stories and Hemingway. To hear what their voices were like is amazing. Whether they're reading well or not, it's great to listen to the intonation and the beat of the guy who wrote the story.
— T.C. Boyle
There is a difference between writing and being an author. Authors talk. I'm standing here talking now. This has nothing to do with writing.
— T. R. Pearson
For the last six weeks I have found myself pestered by some characters in search of an author.
— Sylvia Townsend Warner
I'm probably the only bestselling author you know who's written more books than she's read.
— Suze Orman
I remain convinced that the most valuable use of time for a newly published author is to write a second book that's even better than the first, and a third that's better than the second, and on and on.
— Suzanne Brockmann
I had two competing ambitions when I was a child: I wanted to be a Scientist and Discover Great Things, but I also wanted to be an Author and Write Great Things. I've always tried to combine the analytical with the creative, to some extent or another, because I find it hard to do one without the other. I've worked as a tech journalist, social media consultant, and now am self-publishing fiction.
— Suw Charman-Anderson
No one likes to feel helpless. We find it psychologically unbearable and inside ourselves we may try to make ourselves part author of our misfortune rather than simply the recipient of it.
— Susie Orbach
I wonder what book signings will be like when most of the books we read are electronic. Will authors sign something else? A flyer, perhaps? A special kind of card devised for the purpose?
— Susan Orlean
It is an author's primary duty to entertain. Sling out all the philosophical terms, but keep the reader turning the page.
— Susan Howatch
If people are going to do post-publication peer review, they need to abide by the same rules as they abide by for pre-publication peer review: not being ad hominem, being respectful, giving the author a chance to respond in a reasonable way.
— Susan Fiske
When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to end up dead.
— Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The literature Nobel laureate of this year has said that an author can do anything as long as his readers believe him.A scientist cannot do anything that is not checked and rechecked by scientists of this network before it is accepted.
— Sune Bergstrom
There was an author who titled his books by days of the weeks and another one that used colors. Then there was Edward Gorey who wrote the book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, about the untimely death of 26 Victorian children, each representing a letter of the alphabet. I thought what a great way to link the titles.
— Sue Grafton
I grew up reading biographies on groups, and I love all that. The thing about biographies, it's the old clichÃ© but it's true - a lot of the time these things are more about the author than they are about the group.
— Stevie Jackson
Even the crudest, most derivative novel is an expression of the author's hopes and fears and ideas about good and evil.
— Steven Saylor
Adrienne Mayor's inquiry into the myth-and surprising reality-of Amazon women begins with the fierce Greek huntress Atalanta, but takes us deep into the past and as far afield as the Great Wall of China. With the restless curiosity and meticulous scholarship that have become her hallmark, the author once again has found a gap in my bookshelf and filled it, admirably.
— Steven Saylor
I have never been a fan of science fiction. For me, fiction has to explore the combinatorial possibilities of people interacting under the constraints imposed by our biology and history. When an author is free to suspend the constraints, it's tennis without a net.
— Steven Pinker
This book reminds me of James Gleick's Chaos. The ideas and stories in Loving and Hating Mathematics are timely, interesting, and sometimes even profound. The authors, writing for nonspecialists, take pains to explain technical ideas in nontechnical language, and the book should interest general readers as well as a large mathematical audience.
— Steven G. Krantz