Authors do this for a living, and if you take their work for nothing, you are depriving them of a living.
I just love doing different things, which is what being a working author is like.
There are very few critics who have historical context or authority.
I get criticized for a lot of what I write about, but as far as I'm concerned I'm actually standing up and having a look at what goes on in the minds of men, and I have the authority to talk about it because I'm a man.
Jesus was a perfect example of following authority. He was subject to His earthly parents; he subjected himself to the laws of the land, and as God, he had the power not to do any of it.
We are to yield to the authority God has in place, and look to Him to find out what He would have us to do about those things that are concerning to us.
When I was young, I assumed that authors must have traveled the world or done exotic things in order to tell great stories.
Choose an author as you choose a friend.
I don't doubt that God can bring good out of tragedies, but the Bible is clear that God is not the author of evil!
I had examined myself pretty thoroughly and discovered that I was unfit for military service.
There is one Quality, which has somewhat so heavenly in it; that by so much the more we are possess'd of it, by so much the more we draw nearer to the Great Author of Nature.
If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears.
An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.
People will send me tweets or texts, 'Yo, I'm at Red Lobster now and they're playing Mayer Hawthorne,' more of that kind of stuff, which is hilarious.
I would say Gary Snyder, who is from my part of the world as a poet and environmental thinker, will be read just as Henry Thoreau as John Muir will continue to be read.
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