Five Great Quotations about Book Critics

“Thousands of people don’t like what I do. Fortunately, millions do.” – James Patterson (responding to a critic who called his writing “subliterate”)

“Children read books, not reviews. They don’t give a hoot about critics.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged…I had poems which were re-written so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out.” – Erica Jong

“No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

“Remarks are not literature.” – Gertrude Stein