Quotation Explorer - 'Readers'

Writing historical fiction has many common traits with writing sci-fi or fantasy books. The past is another country - a very different world - and historical readers want to see, smell and touch what it was like living there. - Sara Sheridan
The only end of writing is to enable readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it. - Samuel Johnson
As outsiders looking in, my readers and I must reform how we think so we may open ourselves to new forms of knowledge. - Cristina Marrero
Don't say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers Please will you do the job for me. - C.S. Lewis
I write fiction not for my readers and not for myself. I write fiction for the sake of those odd heroic characters that are contained therein. They are counting on me as much as I am counting on them. - Nicholas Trandahl
Writers whose thoughts are expressed with clarity and precision are assumed by readers to be superficial. Where the meaning is obscured, then readers give more attention and consider the fruit of their labour more valuable - Friedrich Nietzsche
Avid readers are the most authentic creatures on the face of the earth, and their hearts and minds are not for sale at any price. "Mysteries for the Inspired Traveler" Goodreads blog - Kopman-Owens
Grabbing readers by the imagination is a writer's job. - Sara Sheridan
Rather than a situation where people are naturally finding themselves reading the same thing and then talking about it, some readers are responding to celebrity in the hope that what they read will enable them to join an international conversation. - Tim Parks
My message for all my readers is: Don't believe in those who claim that youth is a passing disease you just have to get rid of. Don't believe, that maturity is a goal and an asset to go after. Nothing will ever be ready, that is what makes life interesting. Read! - Tuula Kallioniemi
Readers love fantasy, but we need horror. Smart horror. Truthful horror. Horror that helps us make sense of a cruelly senseless world. - Brian K. Vaughan
Words are my weapons. They might kill or cure the readers, that’s out of my control. - Ama H. Vanniarachchy
Writing is a vessel...with readers the ocean and authors as its sails... - William Petersen
I do believe that characters in novels belong to their writers and their readers pretty equally. I've learned a lot of things about the characters I write from people who read about them. Readers expand them in ways I don't think of and take them to places I can't go. - Ann Brashares
You have to appreciate the readers, without them there are no stories worth telling. - Andrew Lennon
Writing a mystery is like drawing a picture and then cutting it into little pieces that you offer to your readers one piece at a time, thus allowing them the chance to put the jigsaw puzzle together by the end of the book. - Ashwin Sanghi
Those who generate fog are Wizards of Oz hoping desperately that nobody pulls the curtain to reveal a trembling little writer behind it. This seldom happens. Readers who dare to point out that incomprehensible writing can't be comprehended risk being told that the problem is theirs. - Ralph Keyes
Perhaps a book becomes a classic in proportion to how broadly its characters can be scavenged, how many readers find within it something they experience as desirable or even intimately necessary. - Janna Malamud Smith
Gary Sherman has written a truly insightful and helpful book that will positively change the lives of its readers. Although many books have wise teachings, few have accessible, reliable and transformative practices like this one. I highly recommend this book. - Russell Delman
Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul. - Meg Rosoff
Many writers make the mistake of making their readers appear like Lazarus, without any iota of care, throwing down books to readers to crunch as if they are dogs. - Michael Bassey Johnson
For a writer it's a genuinely interesting and hopefully profitable era that makes a variety of books available to a variety of readers, extending both what's available and who gets to read it. - Sara Sheridan
All writers begin as readers, and the ones worth reading continue life as more prolific readers than writers. - Thomas Swick
There are more writers who read than readers who write. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Books create readers; conversation creates friends. - Marty Rubin
Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers. - Steven Spielberg
The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole. - Friedrich Nietzsche
A writer uses his pen as a gun to kill readers. - Debasish Mridha
There is no good or bad author; there is only one kind of an author, that who connects with the readers. - Saru Singhal
A writer draws a road map where readers walks with their love, joy, anger, tears, and dismay. Every story, every poem, has different meanings for every reader. - Debasish Mridha
All these uses a valid; all these reading of the book are "correct". For all these readers have placed themselves inside this story, not as spectators, but as participants, and so have looked at the world of Ender's Game, not with my eyes only, but also with their own. - Orson Scott Card
If e-book readers were invented before print books, (petty things such as) the smell of ink would have been some people’s only reason for not abandoning e-books. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Unfortunately what is little recognized is that the most worthwhile scientific books are those in which the author clearly indicates what he does not know; for an author most hurts his readers by concealing difficulties. - Évariste Galois
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. It does much more than that, it tells us the truth about its readers; and, oddly enough, it tells us this all the more the more cynical and immoral be the motive of its manufacture. - G.K. Chesterton
I welcome reviews from all readers. I take criticism well; but please . . . no comments on my author face! - C.C. Alma
God, how I still love private readers. It’s what we all used to be. - J.D. Salinger
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. - Napoléon Bonaparte
Vladimir Nabokov, contemning readers who "identified" with characters in fiction, remarked that the best readers identify with the artist. - Joseph Epstein
It’s not in the book or in the writer that readers discern the truth of what they read; they see it in themselves, if the light of truth has penetrated their minds. - Augustine of Hippo
When I work, I'm just translating the world around me in what seems to be straightforward terms. For my readers, this is sometimes a vision that's not familiar. But I'm not trying to manipulate reality. This is just what I see and hear. - Don DeLillo
Interest is never enough. If it doesn't haunt you, you'll never write it well. What haunts and obsesses you may, with luck and labour, interest your readers. What merely interests you is sure to bore them. (from Workbook) - Steven Heighton
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves. - Aldous Huxley
The new contract between writers and readers is one I'm prepared to sign up to. I've met some fascinating people at events and online. Down with the isolation of writers I say! And long live Twitter. - Sara Sheridan
Readers are the glue that binds the books together. - J.E.B. Spredemann
My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.
Life doesn't change when you meet a guy and life doesn't fall apart when you break up with one. We are teaching young female readers the wrong things through books not only expressing this point, but also using these two concepts as turning plot points of novels. - Meghan Blistinsky
Many of these new readers were not yet college-educated, but in terms of their seriousness about the world, their own literacy, and above all their ambitions for their children, they might as well have been. - David Halberstam
My late husband and I started our sons off as readers at a very young age. Today, they are voracious readers. - Soraya Diase Coffelt
Writers get to construct a magical world that readers can visit in thought and extend their stay with imagination. - Sandra Alex
Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare. - Harriet Martineau
We notice things that don't work. We don't notice things that do. We notice computers, we don't notice pennies. We notice e-book readers, we don't notice books. - Douglas Adams
A good story or a book is all about it's power to hold it's readers still till the very last word of it's climax - complexity in language, dialogues, descriptions, everything else is secondary! - Mehek Bassi
Books themselves need no defense. Their spokesmen come and go, their readers live and die, they remain constant. - Lawrence Clark Powell
I feel like these characters, these places, these beings and plots, and even these inanimate objects are counting on me for survival. It’s my responsibility to reveal them to the world, to show my readers the names of these things, to show them their histories and stories. - Nicholas Trandahl
It has always seemed to me that so long as you produce your dramatic effect, accuracy of detail matters little. I have never striven for it and I have made some bad mistakes in consequence. What matter if I hold my readers? - Arthur Conan Doyle
Our readers are curious, creative, and compassionate fairy punks who are citizens of the world. - Quail Bell Magazine
This sheaf of paper with gaudy cover glued to the spine is not the book. The book is not an object on the table, it is an event in the readers mind.... The book, therefore is only finished when someone reads it. - Lois McMaster Bujold
Unless their use by readers bring them to life, books are indeed dead things. - Lawrence Clark Powell
Ending a series is a difficult one .......where should a story that you have followed for so long end? When do you step away from the characters and let the readers decide their fate from there? When they can stand on their own is my only answer for that. - Shandy L. Kurth
The only way to build a fan base is to have a lot of material out there for readers to find. You can't manufacture a fan base. You create it, one story at a time. - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Sell your book like a can of beans & your readers will place the same value on it. - Stuart Aken
In Land of Milk and Money, Anthony Barcellos mines rich family history to create a full-blooded tale that readers will find insightful, rewarding, and entertaining. - John Lescroart
The difference between writers and readers is similar to the difference between expressionism and impressionism. Writers want to express themselves and readers want to be impressed. - Claire Amber
As an author, I want to write what I’m inspired to write. Not what my readers want me to write. I feel like the books will ultimately be better if my heart is fully into what I’m writing. - Colleen Hoover
There is an audience for everything; our job as writers is to do the work and provide readers with a choice. - Elizabeth Hernandez
Reading is a lot like fine dining... Some readers prefer just the meat and potatoes; I enjoy a seven-course meal. - Carmen DeSousa
Not all readers become leaders, but all leaders must be readers. - Harry Truman
Thanks to bad graphic design, some readers love only the electronic version of some books. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Good writing is a mirror of the mind where readers can see themselves again and again. - Debasish Mridha
Good books make you ask questions. Bad readers want everything answered. - Scott Westerfeld
I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil. - Voltaire
In my eyes, all readers are my father and mother. You may see a boy, with all of his body and heart bared, resplendently smiling to mom, and that boy is me. - Xue Mo
Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special. - Fran Lebowitz
The characters act for reasons that they can’t control and, as readers, we have to believe in their motivations, their sense of choice and in the reality of their suffering, even though, deep down, we know it’s all just puppetry on the part of the writer. - Johnny Rich
You have a very open relationship with your fans.""Yes. We have an open relationship. Obviously they can see other authors if they want, and I can see other readers. - Neil Gaiman
Best-selling horror fiction is indeed necessarily conservative because it must entertain a large number of readers. It’s like network television. I’m your local cable access station. - Thomas Ligotti
Of all the questions I have asked my readers this is the most important: What would you do if you weren't afraid? When you finally give wings to that answer then you have found your life's purpose. - Shannon L. Alder
Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers. - Steven Spielberg
I'd like my readers to feel they want to follow my characters off the page at the end of the book. - Vanessa Couchman
Write about small, self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you remember them, it's because they contain a larger truth that your readers will recognize in their own lives. Think small and you'll wind up finding the big themes in your family saga. - William Zinsser
So here I am with this double life, one where my grammatically incorrect writing is a nice success with tens of thousands of readers, and another one where my carefully written books are read by a dozen people. - Christian A. Dumais
I believe that being able to communicate directly with readers is a boon. I certainly enjoy it as much as they do. - Sara Sheridan
Writers should cut as close to the vein as possible. The readers don't want to be covered in your warm sticky blood, but they want to come as close to it as possible. - Robert Black
Gods have become like us, ergo, we have become like gods. And to you, my unknown planetary readers, we will come to you, to make your life as divinely rational and exact as ours. - Yavgeny Zamyatin -We
Readers often tell me after they've read the books, they find it difficult to sum up the plot in a simple way. My response is, "It's a story about the love a father shares for his daughter. All the rest is just filler."- MJ Mancini, on his best-selling trilogy, "Revelation". - M.J. Mancini
Novelists and the literary world play an important part in shaping languages. The Swahili they write influence the readers and their languages. The literary obstacle in Tanzania is not that people do not read, but that they don’t read because there are no interesting writers. - Enock Maregesi
There are as many different kinds of books as there are writers - as many different responses as there are readers. - Sara Sheridan
Never patronize your readers. That means don't talk down to them. - Tom Greer
My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip. - Elmore Leonard
...Don't insult readers by questioning the extent of their imaginations. Most need only to be nudged to solve a good mystery. - Peggy Kopman-Owens
My evolution as a writer? Mother said "stop talking like that", teachers said "you're weird", readers say "best book ever - Daniel Marques
I'd like to thank readers. Every time you open a book, it is a strike against ignorance. Unless you're reading Sarah Palin. - Libba Bray
If you’re a writer, your first duty, a duty you owe to yourself and your readers, and to your writing itself, is to become wonderful. To become the best writer you can possibly be. - Theodora Goss
Reluctant readers aren't reluctant thinkers. - Melanie Crowder
Should you care to write (and only the saints know why you should) you must needs have knowledge and art and magic - the knowledge of the music of words, the art of being artless, and the magic of loving your readers. - Kahil Gibran
Perhaps these pages are more particularly addressed to poor students. As for the rest of my readers, they will accept such portions as apply to them. I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may do good service to him whom it fits. - Henry David Thoreau
Let the readers do some of the work themselves - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I never minded the random scribblings of other readers, found them interesting in fact. It is a truth universally acknowledged that people write the darndest things in the margins of their books. - Tara Bray Smith
The hard fact is that writing is available to readers because of market factors as much as particular writing talent. - Sara Sheridan
Let your story grow. Let it surprise you, and it will certainly surprise your readers. - M. Kirin
Readers can surprise you. Many times, they notice layers in your stories, that even you were not aware of while writing. - Shon Mehta
Foolish writers and readers are created for each other. - Horace Walpole
Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy - which many believe goes hand in hand with it - will be dead as well. - Margaret Atwood
Fantasy stories will always be popular, as there are always readers who are willing to escape, freely, to the worlds that the authors create, and spend time with the characters we give life to. - Jason Ellis
I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage. - Roald Dahl
Great words, arranged with cunning and artistry, could change the perceived world for some readers - Pat Conroy
For students of every ability and background, it is the simply miraculous act of reading a good book that turns them into readers. The job of adults who care about reading is to move heaven and earth to put that book into a child's hands. - Nancy Atwell
I wonder whether, perhaps without realizing it, we seek out the books we need to read. Or whether books themselves, which are intelligent entities, detect their readers and catch their eye. In the end, every book is the I Ching. You pick it up, open it, and there it is, there you are. - Andrés Neuman
Oh, readers. If only you knew what we've gone through for you. - Harry Olsen
The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them belonging to the writer, some of them belonging to the world of readers at large. - Aberjhani
When I write, I don't translate for white readers.... Dostoevski wrote for a Russian audience, but we're able to read him. If I'm specific, and I don't overexplain, then anyone can overhear me. - Toni Morrison
My publisher told me that the number of readers of this book will be inversely proportional to the number of equations it contains. - Stephen Hawking
The only end of writing is to enable readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it. - Samuel Johnson
The literature [Nobel] laureate of this year has said that an author can do anything as long as his readers believe him.A scientist cannot do anything that is not checked and rechecked by scientists of this network before it is accepted. - Sune Bergström
The whole world's writing novels, but nobody's reading them. We need readers. More readers. Fewer writers. - Robert Galbraith
I tell you this because books for young readers are so often written about that very moment: the moment of the fork. The moment the old man cannot return to. - Virginia Euwer Wolff
Whether the vessel is a legal document or a rap song, language is often chosen ot exclude. To use a scholarly phrase, "discourse communities" are often gated,so it's the good writer's job to offer readers a set of keys. - Roy Peter Clark
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. - Harry Truman
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. - Emilie Buchwald
A book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers. - Mitch Albom
[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers. - Judy Blume
Books create readers; conversation, friends - Marty Rubin
Cry while writing it, and readers will cry while reading it. - A.D. Posey
I really believe that there is an enormous appetite amongst readers for an originality of vision. In other words, be true to your own dreams and there will always be people who want to hear them. - Clive Barker
How many of us readers say this quote and mean it. "If I knew what I know now life would be different".... - Robert Reed
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