A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Flannery O'Connor bestseller quote

I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards. Okay, so I should revise my standards; I'm out of step. I should yield to reality. I have never yielded to reality. That's what SF is all about. If you wish to yield to reality, go read Philip Roth; read the New York literary establishment mainstream bestselling writers
— Philip K. Dick

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.
— James A. Michener

The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great bestsellers.
— bestseller quotation by V. S. Pritchett