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I can say, 'Well, I'm a male. I'm a male human. I'm a medical doctor. I'm an author...' If I go to a religious point of view, I will say, 'I am a soul. I am a spirit.' If I go into science, I will say, 'I am energy. I am light.' But the truth is I have no idea what I am.
Miguel Angel Ruiz
I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.
There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself; in no wise hath she need of an author.
Marquis de Sade
No one's policing their own minds more than an author. You spend a lot of time in your own head analysing what you think about things, and a philosophy comes.
That's the most terrible thing about being an author - standing there at your mother's funeral, but you don't switch the author off. So your own innermost thoughts are grist for the mill. Who was it said - one of the famous lady novelists - 'unhappy is the family that contains an author'?
There can be no better grounding for a lifetime as an author than to see humanity in all its various guises through the lens of the reporter for the town.
An author writes a book, and that's the book at that point. And if the author writes the book again, then somehow something has gone wrong, if you see what I mean.
If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
William Makepeace Thackeray
Truth is Mormonism. God is the author of it.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.
The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet, he never would have written Macbeth.
If you love something - and there are things that I love - you do want more and more and more of it, but that's not the way to produce good work. So as an author, I need to write what I need to write.
J. K. Rowling
As an author, I've never forgotten how to daydream.
Every song has a composer, every book has an author, every car has a maker, every painting has a painter, and every building has a builder. So it isn't irrational to take this simple logic a little further and say that nature must have had a Maker. It would be irrational to believe that it made itself.
A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens.
The first author I remember being obsessed by, actually realizing 'I like the way he writes and I like the way he tells stories,' was C.S. Lewis and the 'Narnia' books.
How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself.
Carter G. Woodson
What an author likes to write most is his signature on the back of a cheque.
The first lie of fiction is that the author gives some order to the chaos of life: chronological order, or whatever order the author chooses.
The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.
Charles de Montesquieu
Well, you know, Thomas Jefferson, who was the author of the Declaration of Independence said he wouldn't have any atheists in his cabinet because atheists wouldn't swear an oath to God. That was Jefferson and we have never had any Muslims in the cabinet.
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