It’s All About Quotations

The All Quotations Column.  Betcha can’t read just one.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.  P.J. O’Rourke
  • There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money, either.  Robert Graves
  • For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain.  John Cheever
  • If your book doesn’t keep you up nights when you are writing it, it won’t keep anyone up nights reading it.  James A. Michener
  • I want the reader to turn the page without thinking she’s turning the page.  Janet Evanovich
  • There certainly does seem a possibility that the detective story will come to an end, simply because the public will have learnt all the tricks. Dorothy Sayers
  • Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it–even if I have said it–unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.  Buddha
  • Reading requires a loner’s temperament, a high tolerance for silence, and an unhealthy preference for the company of people who are imaginary or dead.  David Samuels
  • If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?  Steven Wright
  • I make a list of titles after I’ve finished the story or book–sometimes as many as a hundred.  Then I start eliminating them, sometimes all of them.  Ernest Hemingway
  • The trouble with the publishing business is that too many people who have half a mind to write a book do so.  William Targ
  • A reader usually picks up a story because of the content, but too often puts it down because of the style.  Gary Provost
  • We should be unwise to sneer at mere escapism, when the escape is from the confines of one’s ego.  E.W. Hildick
  • Screenwriting is turning 100 pages of paper into an island in the South Pacific.  David Weisman
  • My job is not that difficult, but I do have to know the entire alphabet.  Vanna White
If you know a good quote . . . .
*Written by Carol Cail — Read more from Carol at
*Originally published in April 2015

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