Author Quotes

 A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here! 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Always use the the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Has not peace honours and glories of her own, unattended by the dangers of war? 
Author: General Hermocrates
Nationality: Syracuse   
 His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even... knowledge, was foolproof. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life is the other way round. 
Author: David John Lodge
Nationality: English
b. 28 January 1935
  
 Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing and should therefore be treated with great caution. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again. He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Art must take reality by surprise. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.  
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.  
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.  
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it. Certainly the first story I ever wrote down - when I was five or six - was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 My favourite group in the world is The Smiths. And when I was going through a punky phase, it was The Clash. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 I really don't know where the idea came from. It started with Harry, then all these characters and situations came flooding into my head. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 I was writing Harry Potter at the moment my mother died. I had never told her about Harry Potter. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 I am not stupid enough to rent an unheated flat in Edinburgh in midwinter. It had heating. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 I can't say I'll never write another book about that world just because I think, what do I know, in ten years' time I might want to return to it but I think it's unlikely. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 I think probably I've done my fantasy . It would be incredibly difficult to go out and create another world that didn't in some way overlap with Harry's or maybe borrow a little too much from Harry. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 They went in one day from saying, 'She’s got writer’s block' to saying, 'She's been self-indulgent'. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 People have asked me whether Rita Skeeter was invented to reflect Harry Potter's popularity, but in fact she was always planned. I tried to put Rita in Philosopher's Stone – you know when Harry walks into the Leaky Cauldron for the first time and everyone says, "Mr. Potter you're back!", I wanted to put a journalist in there. She wasn't called Rita then but she was a woman. And then I thought, as I looked at the plot overall, I thought, that's not really where she fits best, she fits best in Four when Harry's supposed to come to terms with his fame. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 I think you have a moral responsibility when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Nobody who has ever experienced the reality of poverty could say “it’s not the money, it’s the message”. When your flat has been broken into, and you cannot afford a locksmith, it is the money. When you are two pence short of a tin of baked beans, and your child is hungry, it is the money. When you find yourself contemplating shoplifting to get nappies, it is the money. If Mr Cameron’s only practical advice to women living in poverty, the sole carers of their children, is “get married, and we’ll give you £150”, he reveals himself to be completely ignorant of their true situation. How many prospective husbands did I ever meet, when I was the single mother of a baby, unable to work, stuck inside my flat, night after night, with barely enough money for life’s necessities? Should I have proposed to the youth who broke in through my kitchen window at 3am? Half a billion pounds, to send a message - would it not be more cost-effective, more personal, to send all the lower-income married people flowers? 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 I was officially raised in the Church of England, but I was actually more of a freak in my family. We didn't talk about religion in our home. My father didn't believe in anything, neither did my sister. My mother would incidentally visit the church, but mostly during Christmas. And I was immensely curious. From when I was 13, 14 I went to church alone. I found it very interesting what was being said there, and I believed in it. When I went to university, I became more critical. I got more annoyed with the smugness of religious people and I went to church less and less. Now I'm at the point where I started: yes, I believe. And yes, I go to the church. A protestant church here in Edinburgh. My husband is also raised protestant, but he comes from a very strict Scottish group. One where they couldn't sing and talk. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Like Graham Greene, my faith is sometimes about if my faith will return. It's important to me. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 I feel very drawn to religion, but at the same time I feel a lot of uncertainty. I live in a state of spiritual flux. I believe in the permanence of the soul. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Until we reached Book Seven, views of what happens after death and so on ... would give away a lot of what was coming. So ... yes, my belief and my struggling with religious belief and so on I think is quite apparent in this book. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 If it were better, it wouldn't be as good. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 If the unexamined life is not worth living, the unexamined past is not worth possessing; it bears fruit only by being held continuously up to the light, and is as changeable and as full of surprises, pleasant and unpleasant, as the future 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 The guns of the big events rumble through our pages, but the tiny firecrackers are constantly hissing and popping there as well; it appears that much of my life as a journalist has been devoted to sedulously setting off firecrackers. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Parody is homage gone sour. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 I will try to cram these paragraphs full of facts and give them a weight and shape no greater than that of a cloud of blue butterflies. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 The Federal Highway Administration should essentially recognize that later-year funding in the program will be subject to state legislative action, and that happens in many states. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 There's a lot of communication going on and that's why we're having a face-to-face meeting. We're not worried but we won't be satisfied until we have the (funding plan) approved. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 We don't think there's any problem from an engineering perspective or a structural perspective. The bridge is safe. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 It depends on what they find. Basically, they're replacing lighting devices, doing some troubleshooting and eliminating any trouble with the current lighting. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 What exactly happened? How did our practices work? Could we have done more? 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 The ingenuities we practice in order to appear admirable to ourselves would suffice to invent the telephone twice over on a rainy summer morning. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 If the state were to suspend the gas tax, it would most likely result in the state being sued by the bondholders. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 We're working closely with Kearny OEM - Office of Emergency Management, to put a more codified operating plan in place. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 We're going to take a closer look at how notification needs to occur. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Express doesn't necessarily mean faster. It just means direct - direct to the bridge. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 It is not uncommon for contracts like this to run later than expected. We're just not at that stage yet to proceed. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Based on the forecast, we do predict icing will be a problem. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 As of now, we've done everything we can to be prepared. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Our offense really needed that. We've been waiting for that all season. We knew how to do it, we just had to execute and at least for one inning, we did that. Hopefully we can keep it going. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 We're going to address the problem. If you want to characterize that as a shift in the position of the department, that would be fair. 
Author: Brendan Gill
Nationality: American
b. 04 October 1914  - d. 27 December 1997
  
 Four times, under our educational rules, the human pack is shuffled and cut – at eleven-plus, sixteen-plus, eighteen-plus and twenty-plus – and happy is he who comes top of the deck on each occasion, but especially the last. This is called Finals, the very name of which implies that nothing of importance can happen after it.  
Author: David John Lodge
Nationality: English
b. 28 January 1935
  
 Looking around at the faces of his colleagues in the Senior Common Room he felt reassured: not a Lineament of Gratified Desire to be seen. 
Author: David John Lodge
Nationality: English
b. 28 January 1935
  
 I'm a bit of a deconstructionist myself. It's kind of exciting – the last intellectual thrill left. Like sawing through the branch you're sitting on. 
Author: David John Lodge
Nationality: English
b. 28 January 1935
  
 Language is the net that holds thought trapped within a particular culture. But if one could only strike the ball with sufficient force, with perfect timing, it would perhaps break through the netting, continue on its course, never fall to earth, but go into orbit around the world. 
Author: David John Lodge
Nationality: English
b. 28 January 1935
  
 That's the attraction of the conference circuit: it's a way of converting work into play, combining professionalism with tourism, and all at someone else's expense. Write a paper and see the world! I'm Jane Austen – fly me! 
Author: David John Lodge
Nationality: English
b. 28 January 1935
  
 I respect a man who can recognize a quotation. It's a dying art. 
Author: David John Lodge
Nationality: English
b. 28 January 1935
  
 “And what else,” said Morris, with studied casualness, “do they say about this chair?” He did not really have to wait for her reply to know that here, at last, was a prize worthy of his ambition. The UNESCO Chair of Literary Criticism! That had to carry the highest salary in the profession, Tax free, of course, like all UNESCO salaries.' Duties? Virtually non-existent. It was a purely conceptual chair (except for the stipend)... 
Author: David John Lodge
Nationality: English
b. 28 January 1935
  
 To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  




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