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    I don't remember titles of books or authors from when I was young. I remember the title of only one book, which was 'The Timber Toes.' I remember it was a family of little wooden people who lived in the woods, and for some reason that stayed with me.
    — Sharon Creech
    tags: people  young  book  author 
     
    I've always been a huge fan of apologetics. C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors.
    — Shane Harper
    tags: author 
     
    I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
    — Seneca the Elder
    tags: bad  author 
     
    Great old books of the great old authors are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly than to know them only here and there, yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have neither time nor means to get his own belief.
    — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    tags: belief  time  work  book  author 
     
    The author of Biographia Literaria was already a ruined man. Sometimes, however, to be a "ruined man" is itself a vocation.
    — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    tags: men  author 
     
    The faults of great authors are generally excellences carried to an excess.
    — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    tags: excellence  author 
     
    Why aren't more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books aren't within everybody's reach.
    — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    tags: book  author 
     
    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to -day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago.
    — Samuel Smiles
    tags: time  thoughts  age  mind  author 
     
    We see the Jew, then, in business, as promoter, money-lender, salesman par excellence, the author and chief instigator of a system of credit by which a nation-wide usury rises like a Golem (a created monster) with a million hands on a million throats, to choke the honor and the freedom-of-movement of a hard-working people.
    — Samuel Roth
    For the author there is nothing but his pen, till that and life are worn to the stump: and then, with good fortune, perhaps on his death-bed he receives a pension and equals, it may be, for a few months, the income of a retired butler!
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
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    Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: author  lover 
     
    It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: fame  book  author 
     
    Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence.
    — Samuel Johnson
    There are some works which the authors must consign unpublished to posterity, however uncertain be the event, however hopeless be the trust. He that writes the history of his own times, if he adhere steadily to truth, will write that which his own times will not easily endure. He must be content to reposite his book till all private passions shall cease, and love and hatred give way to curiosity.
    — Samuel Johnson
    Among the many inconsistencies which folly produces or infirmity suffers in the human mind, there has often been observed a manifest and striking contrariety between the life of an author and his writings... Those whom the appearance of virtue or the evidence of genius has tempted to a nearer knowledge of the writer, in whose performances they may be found, have indeed had frequent reason to repent their curiosity.
    — Samuel Johnson
    An author places himself uncalled before the tribunal of criticism and solicits fame at the hazard of disgrace.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: criticism  fame  author 
     
    The richest author that ever grazed the common of literature.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: literature  author 
     
    The reciprocal civility of authors is one of the most risible scenes in the farce of life.
    — Samuel Johnson
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    The diversion of baiting an author has the sanction of all ages and nations, and is more lawful than the sport of teasing other animals, because, for the most part, he comes voluntarily to the stake, furnished, as he imagines, by the patron powers of literature, with resistless weapons, and impenetrable armour, with the mail of the boar of Erymanth, and the paws of the lion of Nemea.
    — Samuel Johnson
    Among the numerous requisites that must concur to complete an author, few are of more importance than an early entrance into the living world. The seed of knowledge may be planted in solitude, but must be cultivated in public. Argumentation may be taught in colleges, and theories formed in retirement; but the artifice of embellishment and the powers of attraction can be gained only by a general converse.
    — Samuel Johnson
    Those authors who would find many readers, must endeavour to please while they instruct.
    — Samuel Johnson
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    There is ... scarcely any species of writing of which we can tell what is its essence, and what are its constituents; every new genius produces some innovation, which, when invented and approved, subverts the rules which the practice of foregoing authors had established.
    — Samuel Johnson
    There are, indeed, few kinds of composition from which an author, however learned or ingenious, can hope a long continuance of fame.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: fame  author  hope 
     
    He that writes may be considered as a kind of general challenger, whom every one has a right to attack; since he quits the common rank of life, steps forward beyond the lists, and offers his merit to the public judgement. To commence author is to claim praise, and no man can justly aspire to honour, but at the hazard of disgrace.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: men  right  judgement  praise  write  author 
     
    There seems to be a strange affectation in authors of appearing to have done everything by chance.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: chance  author 
     
    In this work are exhibited, in a very high degree, the two most engaging powers of an author. New things are made familiar, and familiar things are made new.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: work  power  author 
     
    Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay an author.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: author  compliment 
     
    A man finds in the productions of nature an inexhaustible stock of material on which he can employ himself, without any temptations to envy or malevolence, and has always a certain prospect of discovering new reasons for adoring the sovereign author of the universe.
    — Samuel Johnson
    A transition from an author's book to his conversation is too often like an entrance into a large city, after a distant prospect. Remotely, we see nothing but spires of temples and turrets of palaces, and imagine it the residence of splendour, grandeur, and magnificence; but when we have passed the gates, we find it perplexed with narrow passages, disgraced with despicable cottages, embarrassed with obstructions, and clouded with smoke.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: book  author  imagine  smoke 
     
    Every reader should remember the diffidence of Socrates, and repair by his candour the injuries of time: he should impute the seeming defects of his author to some chasm of intelligence, and suppose that the sense which is now weak was once forcible
    — Samuel Johnson
    To exact of every man who writes that he should say something new, would be to reduce authors to a small number; to oblige the most fertile genius to say only what is new, would be to contract his volumes to a few pages. Yet, surely, there ought to be some bounds to repetition; libraries ought no more to be heaped for ever with the same thoughts differently expressed, than with the same books differently decorated.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: men  thoughts  genius  book  write  author  library 
     
    Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: author  hope 
     
    The wickedness of a loose or profane author is more atrocious than that of a giddy libertine or drunken ravisher, not only because it extends its effects wider, as a pestilence that taints the air is more destructive than poison infused in a draught, but because it is committed with cool deliberation.
    — Samuel Johnson
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    The man who is asked by an author what he thinks of his work is put to the torture and is not obliged to speak the truth.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: truth  men  work  author 
     
    The best part of every author is in general to be found in his book, I assure you.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: book  author 
     
    There are three distinct kind of judges upon all new authors or productions; the first are those who know no rules, but pronounce entirely from their natural taste and feelings; the second are those who know and judge by rules; and the third are those who know, but are above the rules. These last are those you should wish to satisfy. Next to them rate the natural judges; but ever despise those opinions that are formed by the rules.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: wishes  rules  opinion  author 
     
    The authors that in any nation last from age to age are very few, because there are very few that have any other claim to notice than that they catch hold on present curiosity, and gratify some accidental desire, or produce some temporary conveniency.
    — Samuel Johnson
    Few of those who fill the world with books, have any pretensions to the hope either of pleasing or instructing. They have often no other task than to lay two books before them, out of which they compile a third, without any new material of their own, and with very little application of judgment to those which former authors have supplied.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: world  book  author  hope 
     
    If an author be supposed to involve his thoughts in voluntary obscurity, and to obstruct, by unnecessary difficulties, a mind eager in the pursuit of truth; if he writes not to make others learned, but to boast the learning which he possesses himself, and wishes to be admired rather than understood, he counteracts the first end of writing, and justly suffers the utmost severity of censure, or the more afflicting severity of neglect.
    — Samuel Johnson
    There is nothing more dreadful to an author than neglect; compared with which reproach, hatred, and opposition are names of happiness; yet this worst, this meanest fate, every one who dares to write has reason to fear.
    — Samuel Johnson
    tags: fate  fear  hatred  write  author 
     
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