— Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
— Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
„I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.“
— Carlos Fuentes Mexican writer 1928 - 2012
As quoted in International Herald Tribune (Paris, 5 November 1991)
— Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113
Letter 5, 10, referring to Pliny the Elder.
— Scott Westerfeld American science fiction writer 1963
„One battle doesn't make a campaign but critics treat one book, good or bad, like a whole goddamn war.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
„In those days editions did not run to thousands or hundreds of thousands of copies as modern books—especially, bad books—do.“
— George Pólya Hungarian mathematician 1887 - 1985
Context: The volume of the cone was discovered by Democritus... He did not prove it, he guessed it... not a blind guess, rather it was reasoned conjecture. As Archimedes has remarked, great credit is due to Democritus for his conjecture since this made proof much easier. Eudoxes... a pupil of Plato, subsequently gave a rigorous proof. Surely the labor or writing limited his manuscript to a few copies; none has survived. In those days editions did not run to thousands or hundreds of thousands of copies as modern books—especially, bad books—do. However, the substance of what he wrote is nevertheless available to us.... Euclid's great achievement was the systematization of the works of his predecessors. The Elements preserve several of Eudoxes' proofs.
— W. H. Auden Anglo-American poet 1907 - 1973
"Reading", p. 11
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
As quoted in InfoWorld https://books.google.gr/books?id=qjgEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA49&dq=, Vol. 23, No. 16, 16 April 2001, p. 49.