It all comes out of the books I read,
And it all goes into the books I write.
Henry Charles Beeching (1859-1919)
The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading in order to write: a man will turn over half of a library in order to make one book. The Life of Samuel Johnson James Boswell (1740-95)
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 (1709-84)
Some books are lies frae end to end. Robert Burns (1759-96)
There is no pleasure like reading a bad review of a fellow author’s work, especially if I have written it myself.
A contemporary writer who prefers to remain anonymous.
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them. Samuel Butler (1835-1902)