The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.

All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.

Never tell a story because it is true: tell it because it is a good story.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

I don’t think of literature as an end in itself. It’s just a way of communicating something.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.

I don’t think of literature as an end in itself. It’s just a way of communicating something.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see—every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.

About no subject are poets tempted to lie so much as about their own lives.

Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps if you have a plan and a course laid out.

A real book is not one that’s read, but one that reads us.

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.

Novels begin not on the page, but in meditation and daydreaming—in thinking, not writing.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Don't take rest after your first victory.. Because if you fail in second,more lips are waiting to say that Your first victory was just luck .. By: Dr.A.P.J ABDUL KALAM

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.

Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, “Listen to me”.

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time.

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

An obstacle is often a stepping stone.

To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.

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