A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume-seller and a blacksmith: The perfume-seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As for the blacksmith, he might singe your clothes, and at the very least you will breathe in the fumes of the furnace.— Muhammad
Most Powerful Best Seller quotations
Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.
Kids don't know about best sellers. They go for what they enjoy. They aren't star chasers and they don't suck up. It's why I like them.
My first book was rejected nine times. It turned out to be a best seller, Battle Cry? in 1953.
The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.
I am always interested in why young people become writers, and from talking with many I have concluded that most do not want to be writers working eight and ten hours a day and accomplishing little; they want to have been writers, garnering the rewards of having completed a best-seller. They aspire to the rewards of writing but not to the travail.
I've been lucky enough to win an Oscar, write a best-seller - my other dream would be to have a painting in the Louvre. The only way that's going to happen is if I paint a dirty one on the wall of the gentlemen's lavatory.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers.
My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
Rock critics are often totally ignorant of the rock music of the past, they barely know the best sellers. No wonder they will think that the Beatles did anything worth of being saved.
I've sold too many books to get good reviews anymore.
There's a lot of jealousy, because [reviewers] think they can write a good novel or a best-seller and get frustrated when they can't. I've learned to despise them.
Tom Paine was a great American visionary.
His book, Common Sense, sold a couple of hundred thousand copies in a population of four or five million. That means it was a best seller for years. People were thoughtful then. Hope is one thing. But you need to have hope with thought.
Be with those who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you.
A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
There is only one recipe for a best seller and it is a very simple one.
You have to get the reader to turn over the page.
Read everything. Read fiction and non-fiction, read hot best sellers and the classics you never got around to in college.
Maybe it won't work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.
A best-seller was a book which somehow sold well because it was selling well.
The biographies and autobiographies are on the whole more impressive than the fiction of the last two decades, but the freakish best sellers among them are least likely to withstand the test of time.
Young adults that actually read are reading bodice rippers and best-sellers and me. And Horror.
The six best doctors: Sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet.
Ask yourself, what makes my book so different? So interesting? Don’t write to be a best seller. Write for and from your heart, not your wallet. Write something you want to be remembered by.
Insider can be more ludicrous. How did I ever end up [as one]? Carsick [Waters's book on hitchhiking] was on the New York Times best-seller list for five weeks. [One of the characters was] a singing asshole that does a duet with Connie Francis! Times have changed. That's mainstream, in a weird way.
The best thing about doing a signing tour is that numbers become faces.
I got to sign books for six or seven thousand people, all of whom were dreadfully nice. Everything else, the interviews, the hotels, the plane travel, the best-seller lists, even the sushi, gets old awfully fast. Well, maybe not the sushi.
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.
If you look at the best-seller list, it is mostly thrillers.
Very few books attempt to create an image of the life we live. I knew there were writers who wore tweed coats and lived in Connecticut and somehow made a living, and that's what I aimed to do. I've tried to write as well as I can with books that say something to any reader.
I don't think the English like me. I sold a colossal best seller in America, and they never really forgave me.
You see, I used to do a certain amount of market research by going to the local drugstore and seeing what the truck drivers would put up. Now it's all just copies from the latest best-seller list and damn little of anything else.
Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.
A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent
The point is that if a book that had been published three years ago started to sell twice as many all of a sudden it probably wouldn't even get noticed. People wouldn't be tracking it. The system has cleaned up its act an awful lot but the best-seller list system is not an entirely foolproof thing.
It is possible to live well with dementia and write best-sellers 'like wot I do.
If you want to be good at something, you must first be willing to be bad at it.
[As of November 17, 2006] 'Noelle's Treasure Tale' has remained at No.
3 on the New York Times children's best seller list since its October 10 release.
In the twentieth century our highest praise is to call the Bible 'The World's Best Seller.' And it has come to be more and more difficult to say whether we think it is a best seller because it is great, or vice versa.
Only a person with a Best Seller mind can write Best Sellers.
Never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger or insecurity. Evaluate your words before you let them leave your lips. Sometimes it's best to be quiet.
No one can write a best seller by trying to.
He must write with complete sincerity; the clich?s that make you laugh, the hackneyed characters, the well-worn situations, the commonplace story that excites your derision, seem neither hackneyed, well worn nor commonplace to him. The conclusion is obvious: you cannot write anything that will convince unless you are yourself convinced. The best seller sells because he writes with his heart's blood.
A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.
Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers.
My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
It is possible to argue that the really influential book is not that which converts ten millions of casual readers, but rather that which converts the very few who, at any given moment, succeed in seizing power. Marx and Sorel have been influential in the modern world, not so much because they were best-sellers (Sorel in particular was not at all a widely read author), but because among their few readers were two men, called respectively Lenin and Mussolini.
So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience, but that hasn't stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil, Japan and at least a dozen other countries.
Today the U.S. is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago, when books of poems were best-sellers.
When you've written 10 books and have six on the New York Times best-seller list - and four have been No. 1 - I think you have a right to be a member of Congress.
I had not expected 'A Brief History of Time' to be a best seller.
It was my first popular book and aroused a great deal of interest. Initially, many people found it difficult to understand. I therefore decided to try to write a new version that would be easier to follow.