„If you don't see the book you want on the shelves, write it.“


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„If you want to read a perfect book there is only one way: write it.“

—  Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1913
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„You write a book like that that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer.“

—  Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Statement after seeing David O. Selznick's remake of A Farewell to Arms (1957).

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„I'm going to ask you something. If I do get killed, and I honestly don't see how I can help it, I want you to write that book we were thinking about when I enlisted.“

—  James Jones American author 1921 - 1977
To Reach Eternity (1989), Context: I'm going to ask you something. If I do get killed, and I honestly don't see how I can help it, I want you to write that book we were thinking about when I enlisted. If I get it, it's a cinch I won't be able to do it, and it would make me feel a whole lot better to know that if not my name and hand, at least, the thot of me would be passed on and not forgotten entirely. You know, sort of put into the book the promise that I had and the things I might have written so at least the knowledge of talent wasted won't be lost... If I get it, no one will ever know to what heights I might have gone as a writer. Maybe if you wrote about the promise that was there, all wouldn't be lost. Letter to his brother Jeff from Guadalcanal (28 January 1943); p. 28

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„Books are not lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on shelves!“

—  Gilbert Highet British academic 1906 - 1978
Context: These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice, as inaudible as the streams of sound conveyed by electric waves beyond the range of our hearing; and just as the touch of button on our stereo will fill the room with music, so by opening one of these volumes, one can call into range a voice far distant in time and space, and hear it speaking, mind to mind, heart to heart. The Immortal Profession: The Joys of Teaching and Learning (1976)

„If you write another book, I’ll divorce you.“

—  Elaine Dundy American journalist, actress 1921 - 2008
Afterword to The Dud Avocado (2006), Context: My success took another road. I complained to Rod Steiger, "The book’s hardly been out and everyone wants to know what I’m going to write next. I mean, don’t I get to rest on my laurels?" In fact I had no idea of writing a second novel. "No," said Rod, answering my question. "Succeeding only means you get another chance to try to do it again." I thought about it, and then Ken said to me, "If you write another book, I’ll divorce you." I sat down and started my second novel and wondered that I knew its beginning and its end. I put it aside to write a play which went on in London.… I went back to my novel and finished it. It was published to good reviews but now there were a couple of stinkers. I tore them up and flushed them down the toilet. I’d become a writer. In 1964 Ken and I got divorced. Well, we did bad things to each other. Now, some three decades later, I look back in gratitude at him: I look back in wonder.

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