A Quote by John Bunyan on authors, heart, and nature

The Author's Way of sending forth his Second Part of the Pilgrim. Some things are of that nature as to make One's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache.

John Bunyan (1628 - 1688)

Source: Pilgrim’s Progress, 1678. Part ii.

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on authors, death, determination, friendship, god, good, and justice

It has been jestingly said that the works of John Paul Richter are almost unintelligible to any but the Germans, and even to some of them. A worthy German, just before Richter's death, edited a complete edition of his works, in which one particular passage fairly puzzled him. Determined to have it explained at the source, he went to John Paul himself. The author's reply was very characteristic: "My good friend, when I wrote that passage, God and I knew what it meant; it is possible that God knows it still; but as for me, I have totally forgotten."

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on authors, books, and wit

Making a book is a craft, as is making a clock; it takes more than wit to become an author.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: The Theophrastus of France, 1688.

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A Quote by James Allen on authors, circumstances, environment, and thought

Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. Man, therefore, as the lord and master of thought, is the maker of himself, the shaper and author of environment.

James Allen (1864 - 1912)

Source: As A Man Thinketh

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A Quote by J. Edgar Hoover on authors, day, faith, freedom, god, liberty, and spirituality

The flames of freedom which were lighted across this great land of ours in Thomas Jefferson's day have continued to burn with an intense and magnetic light for nearly 200 years. They have been fed by the spiritual fuel which abounds only in a land where an abiding faith in God and recognition of Him as the true Author of Liberty prevail.

J. Edgar Hoover (1895 - 1972)

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A Quote by Izaak Walton on authors, church, direction, and lies

He directed that the stone over his grave be inscribed: Hic jacet hujus sententiae primus auctor: DISPUTANDI PRURITUS ECCLESIARUM SCABIES. Nomen alias quaere [Here lies the author of this phrase: "The itch for disputing is the sore of churches." Seek his name elsewhere.]

Izaak Walton (1593 - 1683)

Source: Life of Wotton, 1651

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on authors


A sentence should read as if its author had he held a plough instead of a pen, could have drawn a furrow deep and straight to the end.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on authors, confession, happiness, and joy

We must dare to be happy, and dare to confess it, regarding ourselves always as the depositories, not as the authors of our own joy.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on authors, books, libraries, and life

Life is a library owned by an author. It has a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.

Harry Fosdick (1878 - 1979)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on authors, good, heroism, novelty, and truth

A good novel tells us the truth about it's hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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