Let’s face it, everybody is a sucker for quotations. If we couldn’t fling them around every now and then, how would the hoi polloi ever learn to recognize how smart we are? Here are some of my favorites.


“The writings of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.” – Walter Savage Landor

“The only end of writing is to enable readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it.” – Samuel Johnson

“The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.” – Gustave Flaubert

“We need myths to get by. We need story; otherwise the tremendous randomness of experience overwhelms us. Story is what penetrates.” – Robert Coover

“He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.” – Arab proverb

“There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book; books are well written or badly written.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.” – Kingsley Amis

“There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.” – J. Russel Lynes