"The three most common elements in the universe are hydrogen, stupidity, and duct-tape. And we're not sure about the first."
"I am a nobody. Nobody is perfect. Therefore, I am perfect."
"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."
- G.K. Chesterton
"Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite."
- C.S. Lewis
“Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing.”
- Robert Benchley
“The fact that no one understands you doesn't make you an artist.”
"Inside every sane person there's a madman struggling to get out. That's what I've always thought. No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person."
- Terry Pratchett, in The Light Fantastic
"Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by the folk."
- Henry Jenkings, director of media studies, MIT
“A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
- Thomas Mann
“I think, therefore I am... dangerous.”
“I would like to ask forgiveness in advance for anything I may say or do that may be construed as offensive while I slowly go NUTS!” – Jack O’Neill, in Stargate SG-1
"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile."
- Robert Cormier
“Where were you fellows when the paper was blank?”
- Fred Allen (speaking of either editors or critics, I'm not certain which)
“Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone, but to set it, Sir.”
- Emily Dickinson (from what I can find, speaking to her editor)
“Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.”
- Anthony Hope Hawkins
“You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
- Jack London
"Wit is educated insolence."
"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."
- G. B. Burgin
"The covers of this book are too far apart."
- Ambrose Bierce
- G. K. Chesterton
“No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.”
- Henry Ward Beecher
“There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.”
- Oscar Levant
“English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education -- sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.”
- Nero Wolfe
“Did I wake you?” (Woman who just called Archie on the phone)
“Not quite, why don’t you go ahead and finish it?” Archie
- Nero Wolfe