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Nothing contributes to the entertainment of the reader more, than the change of times and the vicissitudes of fortune.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.

Author: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)

Profession: French Author

If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!

Author: Jackie Collins

Profession: American Author, Sister of Joan Collins

Justice to my readers compels me to admit that I write because I have nothing to do; justice to myself induces me to add that I will cease to write the moment I have nothing to say.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

The society of dead authors has this advantage over that of the living: they never flatter us to our faces, nor slander us behind our backs, nor intrude upon our privacy, nor quit their shelves until we take them down.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

When writers meet they are truculent, indifferent, or over-polite. Then comes the inevitable moment. A shows B that he has read something of B s. Will B show A? If not, then A hates B, if yes, then all is well. The only other way for writers to meet is to share a quick pee over a common lamp-post.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

In most cases a favorite writer is more with us in his book than he ever could have been in the flesh; since, being a writer, he is one who has studied and perfected this particular mode of personal incarnation, very likely to the detriment of any other. I should like as a matter of curiosity to see and hear for a moment the men whose works I admire; but I should hardly expect to find further intercourse particularly profitable.

Author: Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)

Profession: American Sociologist

Let authors write for glory and reward. The truth is well paid when she is sung and heard.

Author: James J. Corbett (1866-1933)

Profession: American Heavyweight Boxer

If you describe things as better than they are, you are considered to be a romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you will be called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you will be thought of as a satirist.

Author: Quentin Crisp (1908)

Profession: British Author

There are hardly half a dozen writers in England today who have not sold out to the enemy. Even when their good work has been a success, Mammon grips them and whispers: ''More money for more work.''

Author: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)

Profession: British Occultist

Herman Melville was as separated from a civilized literature as the lost Atlantis was said to have been from the great peoples of the earth.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic

To write is a humiliation.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic