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Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned.

Author: Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

Profession: Argentinean Author

A book should be luminous not voluminous.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.

Author: Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973)

Profession: American Author

Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes, and always count their change when it is handed to them.

Author: Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973)

Profession: American Author

Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.

Author: Joseph Brodsky (1940)

Profession: Russian-born American Poet, Critic

But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.

Author: Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Profession: British Novelist

Great writers are the saints for the godless.

Author: Anita Brookner (1938)

Profession: British Novelist, Art Historian

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.

Author: Mel Brooks (1926)

Profession: American Actor, Director

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!

Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Profession: British Poet

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Writers are the main landmarks of the past.

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands thirty times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not. It pays a whole lot better than this type of compulsion, but it is no more heroic.

Author: Julie Burchill

Profession: British Journalist, Writer

The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.

Author: Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)

Profession: British Writer, Critic

The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist