Five Great Quotations about Readers

“The reader has certain rights. He bought your story. Think of this as an implicit contract. He’s entitled to be entertained, instructed, amused; maybe all three. If he quits in the middle, or puts the book down feeling his time has been wasted, you’re in violation.” – Larry Niven

“No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.” – E. B. White

“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless.” – Blaise Pascal

“People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson