„I enlisted my readers in the service of a grand experiment, to see how my book could find its way into cultural relevance and commercial success. The experiment worked out very satisfactorily.“
— Cory Doctorow Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author 1971
Context: I released this book a little over a year ago under the terms of a Creative Commons license that allowed my readers to freely redistribute the text without needing any further permission from me. In this fashion, I enlisted my readers in the service of a grand experiment, to see how my book could find its way into cultural relevance and commercial success. The experiment worked out very satisfactorily. When I originally licensed the book under the terms set out in the next section, I did so in the most conservative fashion possible, using CC's most restrictive license. I wanted to dip my toe in before taking a plunge. I wanted to see if the sky would fall: you see writers are routinely schooled by their peers that maximal copyright is the only thing that stands between us and penury, and so ingrained was this lesson in me that even though I had the intellectual intuition that a "some rights reserved" regime would serve me well, I still couldn't shake the atavistic fear that I was about to do something very foolish indeed. It wasn't foolish. "A note about this book, February 12, 2004"
„A book may be very amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity.“
— Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774
„I remember very well, when I was at Oxford, an old gentleman said to me, "Young man, ply your book diligently now, and acquire a stock of knowledge; for when years come upon you, you will find that poring upon books will be but an irksome task."“
— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
July 21, 1763, p. 126
„I was kind of solitary. I'd spend a lot of time on my own, reading books. I didn't integrate very well.“
— Philip Ó Ceallaigh Irish writer 1968
On Life, on his time at school.
„My first book “The Naked Manager”, a big success in 1971, had been followed by many others, and I wanted to write still more. Writing books is very interesting as each new project takes you in a different direction. You learn a lot – especially about what you yourself really think.“
— Robert Heller British magician 1826 - 1878
„In my childhood I had natural interests. I got a microscope from someone, I made a telescope myself, very poor quality, but I could see the moon. First, I wanted to become an astronomer. I read books about astronomy of James Jeans, I even read Arthur S. Eddington, which I did not quite understand. On the other hand, a huge impression on me was made by Jan Dembowski's Natural History of One Protozoan.“
— Włodzimierz Ptak immunologist 1928
I decided that I would go in the biological direction that I would become a doctor. Kobos, Andrzej (2009). Po drogach uczonych (in Polish). 4. Kraków: Polska Akademia Umiejętności, pp. 383–398. ISBN 978-83-7676-021-6.
„Censors never go after books unless kids already like them. I don’t even think they know to go after books until they know that children are interested in reading this book, therefore there must be something in it that’s wrong.“
— Judy Blume American children's writer 1938
„I do not like books. I believe I have the smallest library of any literary man in London, and I have no wish to increase it. I keep my books at the British Museum and at Mudie's, and it makes me very angry if anyone gives me one for my private library.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
„Having books published is very destructive to writing. It is even worse than making love too much. Because when you make love too much at least you get a damned clarte that is like no other light. A very clear and hollow light.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Letter to Bernard Berenson (2 October 1952); published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker