The minute you try to talk business with him he takes the attitude that he is a gentleman and a scholar, and the moment you try to approach him on the level of his moral integrity he starts to talk business.
Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)
Profession: American Author
In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.
Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Profession: British Author
As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)
Profession: British Critic
To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all. A message from the gods should be delivered at once. It is damnably blasphemous to talk about the autumn season and so on. How dare the author or publisher demand a price for doing his duty, the highest and most honorable to which a man can be called?
Author: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)
Profession: British Occultist
A publisher is a specialized form of bank or building society, catering for customers who cannot cope with life and are therefore forced to write about it.
Author: Colin Haycraft
Having books published is very destructive to writing. It is even worse than making love too much. Because when you make love too much at least you get a damned clarte that is like no other light. A very clear and hollow light.
Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)
Profession: American Writer
If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press.
Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
Profession: German Physicist, Satirist
When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it.
Author: Philip Roth (1933)
Profession: American Novelist
Publishers are notoriously slothful about numbers, unless they're attached to dollar signs -- unlike journalists, quarterbacks, and felony criminal defendants who tend to be keenly aware of numbers at all times.
Author: Hunter S. Thompson (1939)
Profession: American Journalist
No publisher should ever express an opinion on the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. I can quite understand how any ordinary critic would be strongly prejudiced against a work that was accompanied by a premature and unnecessary panegyric from the publisher. A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. It is not for him to anticipate the verdict of criticism.
Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)
Profession: British Author, Wit