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"A novel is a mirror carried along a main road."  (Marie Henri Beyle, a.k.a. Stendhal)

"All the world knows me in my book, and my book in me."  (Michel de Montaigne)

"All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand."  (George Orwell, "Why I Write")

"An author ought to write for the youth of his generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of the afterward."  (Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, aka F. Scott Fitzgerald)

"An autobiography that leaves out little things and enumerates only the big ones is no proper picture of the man's life at all; his life consists of his feelings and his interests, with here and there an incident apparently big or little to hang the feelings on."  (Mark Twain)

"An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate."  (François-René de Chateaubriand)

"Despots play their part in the works of thinkers. Fettered words are terrible words. The writer doubles and trebles the power of his writing when a ruler imposes silence on the people."  (Victor Hugo)

"Easy reading is damned hard writing."  (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

"Events of the past two years have virtually decreed that I shall wrestle with the literary muse for the rest of my days. And so, having tasted the poverty of one end of the scale, I have no choice but to direct my energies toward the acquisiton of fame and fortune. Frankly, I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me."  (Hunter S. Thompson, to Mr. Arch Gerhart, January 29, 1958)

"Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles."  (Anne Dillard)

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