Quotes with author
An author had better be applauded by the few that are wise, than laughed at by the many that are foolish.
The good author is he who contemplates without marked joy or excessive sorrow the adventures of his soul amongst criticisms.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
For the general observation is strictly correct, that the works of an author may be considered the representation of his mind.
An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better, a little better.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell
An author is a fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on boring future generations.
We should stop acting as if our goal is to author extremely elegant theories, and instead embrace complexity and make use of the best ally we have: the unreasonable effectiveness of data.
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data (2009)
That speech, uttered at the field of Gettysburg ... and now sanctified by the martyrdom of its author, is a monumental act. In the modesty of his nature he said 'the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; but it can never forget what they did here.' He was mistaken. The world at once noted what he said, and will never cease to remember it.
Writing about the Gettysburg Address in April 1865.
I believe you keep a lawyer. I have always kept a lawyer, too, though I have never made anything out of him. It is a service to an author to have a lawyer. There is something so disagreeable in having a personal contact with a publisher. So it is better to work through a lawyer--and lose your case.
Mark Twains Speeches, "Author's Club"