Quotes with page
I wish I were too. I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all--it is very tiresome.
Northanger Abbey, ch. 14
History real solemn history I cannot be interested in. Can you Yes I am fond of history. I wish I were too. I read it a little as a duty but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings with wars or pestilences in every page the men all so good for nothing and hardly any women at all--it is very tiresome.
Perspective -- Use It or Lose It. If you turned to this page, you're forgetting that what is going on around you is not reality. Think about that.
Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)
I contemplated suicide. My main concern was that I would not make the New York Times obituary page.
I put the duster away folded with the dust in it, leaned back and just sat, not smoking, not even thinking. I was a blank man. I had no face, no meaning, no personality, hardly a name. I didn't want to eat. I didn't even want a drink. I was the page from yesterday's calendar crumpled at the bottom of the waste basket.
The Little Sister (1949)
Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. Once you start spelling words in dialogue phonetically and loading the page with apostrophes, you won't be able to stop.
From Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, as appeared in The New York Times (July 16, 2001)
But they, I am sure, will join us in saying, as we bid farewell to the dust of these martyr-heroes, that wheresoever throughout the civilized world the accounts of this great warfare are read, and down to the latest period of recorded time, in the glorious annals of our common country, there will be no brighter page than that which relates the Battles of Gettysburg.
The Gettysburg Address speech on November 19, 1863. The ending of the speech.
To me, writing is a horseback ride into heaven and hell and back. I am grateful if I can crawl back alive. I'm grateful for the blood in the basin and the pursuit of integrity on the page, a small price to pay.
This quote was used in 1985 Esquire magazine article, however it's not clear who the author was.
A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
Writers at Work (1977)