To have known the man was even as great a treat as to read his books. Lewis Carroll was as unlike any other man as his books were unlike any other author's books. It was a relief to meet the pure simple, innocent dreamer of children, after the selfish commercial mind of most authors.
Literature is not an abstract science, to which exact definitions can be applied.It is an Art rather, the success of which depends on personal persuasiveness, on the author's skill to give as on ours to receive.
You may dream freely when you listen to music as well as when you look at painting. When you read a book you are the slave of the author's mind.Paul Gauguin
A bad book isasmuchof a labour towriteas a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
If the poem can be improved by its author's explanations, it should never have been published.Archibald MacLeish
Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, [but] every character is an extension of the author's own personality.edward albee
An author's first duty is to let down his country.brendan behan
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
His [the author's] renown has been purchased, not by deeds of violence and blood, but by the diligent dispensation of pleasure.washington irving
I have…read it with a good deal of amusement and enjoyment. The latter is due, I suppose, entirely to the subject – for everyone likes to imagine what a man could do if he were a dictator or Pope, or Caliph; the amusement is mainly at the author's expence. The style is one of the most preposterous I have ever read, and I doubt if I ever saw so much pedantry combined with so much ignorance.frederick rolfe
Objectivity can only be the author's and therefore subjective, even if he is editing a newsreel.andrei tarkovsky
It is almost impossible to translate verbally and well at the same time; for the Latin (a most severe and compendious language) often expresses that in one word which either the barbarity or the narrowness of modern tongues cannot supply in more. ...But since every language is so full of its own proprieties that what is beautiful in one is often barbarous, nay, sometimes nonsense, in another, it would be unreasonable to limit a translator to the narrow compass of his author's words; it is enough if he choose out some expression which does not vitiate the sense.john dryden
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
Vulgarity is a necessary part of a complete author's equipment; and the clown is sometimes the best part of the circus.George Bernard Shaw
I have…read it with a good deal of amusement and enjoyment. The latter is due, I suppose, entirely to the subject – for everyone likes to imagine what a man could do if he were a dictator or Pope, or Caliph; the amusement is mainly at the author's expence. The style is one of the most preposterous I have ever read, and I doubt if I ever saw so much pedantry combined with so much ignorance.
None but an author knows an author's cares, Or Fancy's fondness for the child she bears.william cowper
If you once understand an author's character, the comprehension of his writings becomes easy.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To write upon all is an author's sole chance For attaining, at last, the least knowledge of any.thomas moore