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    I think of the author as somebody who goes into the marketplace and puts down his rug and says, 'I will tell you a story' and then he passes the hat.
    — Robertson Davies
    tags: stories  author 
    Many authors write like amateur blacksmiths making their first horseshoe; the clank of the anvil, the stench of the scorched leather apron, the sparks and the cursing are palpable, and this appeals to those who rank "sincerity" very high. Nabokov is more like a master swordsmith making a fine blade; nothing is amiss, nothing is too much, there is no fuss, and the finished product must be handled with great care, or it will cut you badly.
    — Robertson Davies
    tags: master  care  write  author 
    Computers will have to learn that when I quote from some old author who spelled differently from the machine, the wishes of the long-dead author will have to be respected, and the machine will have to mind its manners
    — Robertson Davies
    Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
    — Robertson Davies
    tags: belief  human  author  spirit 
    It used to be fashionable for authors to have their pictures taken with dogs, but the dogs always looked like models hired from an advertising agency, and probably were.
    — Robertson Davies
    tags: dog  author 
    It is in this matter that I fall foul of so many American writers on writing; they seem to think that writing is a confidence game by means of which the author cajoles a restless, dull-witted, shallow audience into hearing his point of view. Such an attitude is base, and can only beget base prose.
    — Robertson Davies
    The author is the successor of the saint, everyone respects the author.
    — Roberto Calasso
    tags: respect  author 
    When people read his books they have an uncontrollable desire to hang the author in the town square. I can't think of a higher honor for a writer.
    — Roberto Bolano
    tags: desires  people  book  author  read  honor 
    To the question: How do the authors of sketches, stories and novels get along in life, the following answer can or must be given: They are stragglers and they are down at heel.
    — Robert Walser
    tags: novel  stories  author 
    I am constrained to express my adoration of the Supreme Being, the Author of my existence, in full belief of His providential goodness and His forgiving mercy revealed to the world through Jesus Christ, through Whom I hope for never-ending happiness in a future state.
    — Robert Treat Paine
    It has been suggested that Tiptree is female, a theory that I find absurd, for there is to me something ineluctably masculine about Tiptree's writing. I don't think the novels of Jane Austen could have been written by a man nor the stories of Ernest Hemingway by a woman, and in the same way I believe the author of the James Tiptree stories is male.
    — Robert Silverberg
    I like films about people who figured out what they believed and had the guts to act on it in a way that added value to others. So, there are lots of movies that have characters who did that. I'll pick an odd one - Stranger Than Fiction because I really liked the movie - particularly the offbeat cookie maker. You'll have to see the movie to see what I mean. The movie also reinforces that you can be the author of your own script.
    — Robert S. Kaplan
    Poetic language is singularly appropriate for recounting the life of the king who is traditionally accepted as the author of the poetic psalms, some of which are included in the narrative.
    — Robert Pinsky
    tags: language  author 
    Every author has different ways of writing and what works for one author does not necessarily work for another.
    — Robert Munsch
    tags: work  writing  author 
    Leaders use story to author the future.
    — Robert McKee
    tags: future  leader  stories  author 
    It doesn't bother me. Sure, everybody wants approval, but I came from the theatre and I've always treasured a remark from there which goes: 'For every six people who love you, there will be half a dozen who loathe you.' The quality of an author's work is not usually determined until after his death. Even Dickens got some pretty bad reviews.
    — Robert Ludlum
    tags: death  people  work  bad  author  quality 
    The Unheavenly Chorus is the definitive study of participatory inequality in America. Marshaling prodigious evidence, the authors show how money not only buys influence directly but also affects associations that are supposed to be democratic antidotes to concentrated wealth. A monumental achievement of careful scholarship, this book offers real knowledge of how politics actually operates.
    — Robert Kuttner
    If you had seen me back in high school, there's no way you would have ever said I would become an author or teacher because I was a horrible student.
    — Robert Kiyosaki
    tags: school  author 
    The greatest king of Israel, King David, the author of the Psalms, sent a man out to die in battle so that he could sleep with his wife.
    — Robert Duvall
    tags: men  sleep  battle  die  author  wife 
    Whether you're an unpublished novelist or a sixteen-time New York Times bestselling author, you can always improve your craft. You can always become a better writer.
    — Robert Dugoni
    tags: time  craft  author 
    I find that most books that I don't like are those in which the authors have indulged themselves. I can almost sense when they're writing something for themselves.
    — Robert Cormier
    tags: writing  book  author 
    And first, it seems not at all probable, That if the Omniscient Author of Nature knew that the study of his Works did really tend to make Men disbelieve his Being or Attributes, he would have given Men so many Invitations, and almost Necessities, to study and contemplate the Nature of his Creatures: Of these Invitations divers have been mention'd already, and more might be added to them, if we thought it requisite.
    — Robert Boyle
    tags: nature  men  work  thoughts  author 
    There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than in being the first author of the thought.
    — Robert Boyle
    tags: thoughts  book  author 
    As the moon, though darkened with spots, gives us a much greater light than the stars that sewn all-luminous, so do the Scriptures afford more light than the brightest human authors. In them the ignorant may learn all requisite knowledge, and the most knowing may learn to discern their ignorance.
    — Robert Boyle
    God [is] the author of the universe, and the free establisher of the laws of motion.
    — Robert Boyle
    tags: law  god  author  universe 
    Great literature must spring from an upheaval in the author's soul. If that upheaval is not present then it must come from the works of any other author which happens to be handy and easily adapted.
    — Robert Benchley
    After an author has been dead for some time, it becomes increasingly difficult for his publishers to get out a new book by him each year.
    — Robert Benchley
    tags: time  book  author  year 
    I have been told by hospital authorities that more copies of my works are left behind by departing patients than those of any other author.
    — Robert Benchley
    tags: work  authority  author 
    There is a note in the front of the volume saying that no public reading may be given without first getting the author's permission. It ought to be made much more difficult to do than that.
    — Robert Benchley
    tags: saying  reading  author 
    Publishers are humane men, and rarely commit crimes. Authors, however, are a hardened set, who usually perpertrate a felony every time they issue a book.
    — Robert Barr
    tags: crimes  time  men  book  author 
    Invariably it turns out to be who you've been reading in the last couple of weeks, and two hours or two days [on favourite authors
    — Robert Asprin
    tags: reading  author 
    A book becomes a mirror, with the author's face shining over it. Talent only gives an imperfect image,-the broken glimmer of a countenance. But the features of genius remain unruffled. Time guards the shadow. Beauty, the spiritual, Venus,-whose children are the Tassos, the Spensers, the Bacons,-breathes, the magic of her love, and fixes the face forever.
    — Robert Aris Willmott
    One of the things I love most about second person is that it reminds the reader that they are reading a text. It doesn't allow them to drift into the story and not notice that they are reading a book - a book that has an author.
    — Rob Roberge
    tags: people  reading  stories  book  author 
    So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.
    — Roald Dahl
    tags: world  young  alone  strong  mind  book  author 
    Those who relish the study of character may profit by the reading of good works of fiction, the product of well-established authors.
    — Richard Whately
    Whatever my passions demand of me, I become for the time being - musician, poet, director, author, lecturer or anything else.
    — Richard Wagner
    tags: time  author  poet  passion 
    The whole procedure [of shooting rockets into space] . . . presents difficulties of so fundamental a nature, that we are forced to dismiss the notion as essentially impracticable, in spite of the author's insistent appeal to put aside prejudice and to recollect the supposed impossibility of heavier-than-air flight before it was actually accomplished. An analogy such as this may be misleading, and we believe it to be so in this case.
    — Richard van der Riet Woolley
    If we are not personally engaged in God's great mission in the world, then we have missed the very thing he created us to do. We are like birds meant to fly but living in a cage; fish meant to swim but floundering on the beach. It makes sense when you think about it. If the Author of the universe created us to play a key role in his unfolding drama but we have failed to find our place in that story, then of course we would feel incomplete.
    — Richard Stearns
    tags: living  world  key  drama  god  stories  author  universe 
    The idea of copyright did not exist in ancient times, when authors frequently copied other authors at length in works of non-fiction. This practice was useful, and is the only way many authors' works have survived even in part.
    — Richard Stallman
    tags: time  work  author  ideas 
    When authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays, everybody assumes that's the end. Here's another who's never going to write well again.
    — Richard Russo
    tags: write  author  fiction 
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