On this last day of 2013, I think the best use of this space is to offer up my favorite quotes related to books, writing or from authors. Without further delay from the fun, here they are:
“What’s another word for thesaurus?” (Steven Wright)
“This is the sixth book I’ve written, which isn’t bad for a guy who’s only read two.” (George Burns)
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire PR officers.” (Daniel J. Boorstin)
“Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.” (Mark Twain)
“When I am dead, I hope it may be said: ‘His sins were scarlet but his books were read.” (Hilliare Belloc)
“In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.” (Phyllis McGinley)
“They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I’m going to miss mine by just a few days.” (Garrison Keilor)
“The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.” (TS Eliot)
“My reputation grows with every failure.” (George Bernard Shaw)
“The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.” (Tom Clancy)
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend and inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” (Groucho Marx)
“What would I do if I had only six months left to live? I’d type faster.” (Isaac Asimov)
“The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns.” (Herman Wouk)
“Once you’ve put one of his books down, you simply can’t pick it up again.” (Mark Twain talking about Henry James).
“What other culture could have produced someone like Hemmingway and not seen the joke?” (Gore Vidal)
Thanks for the laugh, Dan. Happy New Year!
Dan, great stuff. I’m often tempted to search for the true source of some of these quotes, but if I lie down the urge often passes. (Somebody said that about work. Wonder who? Oh, never mind). Happy New Year.