"I used to think all poets were Byronic.
They’re mostly wicked as a ginless tonic."
Wendy Cope from Triolet
"What we want above all things is not more books, not more publishers, not more education, not more literary genius, but simply and prosaically more shops."
George Bernard Shaw
"In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is."
Clarissa Dickson Wright
"Truth is always duller than fiction."
Piers Paul Read
"Good novels are not written, they are rewritten. Great novels are diamonds mined from layered rewrites."
"Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."