If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research. Wilson Mizner
Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way around. David Lodge
When I want to read a novel I write one. Benjamin Disraeli
I read everything except politics, philosophy, theology, economics, sociology, science, or anything to do with the wonders of nature, anything to do with technology – have I said politics? Philip Larkin
Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read, and often thinks they have. Alan Bennett
Editing is the same as quarreling with writers – same thing exactly. Harold Ross.
[On writing poetry] It starts as insipiration and ends as a crossword puzzle. John Betjeman.
Brevity is the sister of talent. Anton Chekhov
Good prose is like a window pane. George Orwell
[Critic:] A louse in the locks of literature. Alfred, Lord Tennyson.