20 Humorous Quotes about Reading and Writing

Welcome newsletter subscribers. I have dedicated a number of posts to humorous quotes about reading and writing. Here are 20 of the best.

The covers of this book are too far apart. — Ambrose Bierce

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.  Stephen Fry

I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper. Steve Martin

No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one. — Robert Byrne

A bad review may spoil your breakfast, but you shouldn’t allow it to spoil your lunch. Kingsley Amis

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. W. Somerset Maugham

The first draft of anything is shit. Ernest Hemingway

If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers.— Irvin S. Cobb

Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay. Christopher Hitchens

Poetic license is not a license to scribe recklessly. C. Kennedy

From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it. — Groucho Marx

It takes an awful lot of time to not write a book.— Douglas Adams

‘Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read.  Mark Twain

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. — Robert Cormier

I’ve often thought of writing my autobiography and selling it as a cure for insomnia. — Melanie White

A person who reads 50 Shades of Grey has no advantage over one who can’t read.  Guy Portman

This Is Not a Novel To Be Tossed Aside Lightly. It Should Be Thrown with Great Force.  Dorothy Parker

There’s not much to be said about the period except that most writers don’t reach it soon enough. — William Zinsser

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial “we.” — Mark Twain




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