National Book Critics

Famous quotes containing the words national, book and/or critics:

    All experience teaches that, whenever there is a great national establishment, employing large numbers of officials, the public must be reconciled to support many incompetent men; for such is the favoritism and nepotism always prevailing in the purlieus of these establishments, that some incompetent persons are always admitted, to the exclusion of many of the worthy.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923)

    Some have at first for wits, then poets passed,
    Turned critics next, and proved plain fools at last.
    Alexander Pope (1688–1744)