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"Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable."
"I am, really, a great writer; my only difficulty is in finding great readers."
"I'm a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting kind of writer when you give me a pen."
"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."
“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”
"In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel."
“It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.”
“There is no bond like having read and liked the same books.”
"The pleasure of all readings is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books."
“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.”
"A book that furnishes no quotations is no book - it is a plaything."
“The love of books is among the choicest gifts of the gods.”
"There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts."
“...the history of all love is writ with one pen.”
William Hope Hodgson
“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
"Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy."
“A drop of ink may make a million think.”
"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."
“The books - the generous friends who met me without suspicion - the merciful masters who never used me ill!”
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
“She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”
“Through literature we know the past, govern the present, and influence the future.”
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“The first draft of anything is shit.”