„If you like not my writing, go read something else.“

—  Robert Burton, L'anatomia della malinconia
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„Just because somebody hears something you say, or reads something that you write, doesn’t mean you’ve reached them.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
Oui interview (1979), Context: Just because somebody hears something you say, or reads something that you write, doesn’t mean you’ve reached them. With reading comprehension being what it is in the U. S., you can safely toss that one out the window. If you want to judge by the listening habits of people who buy records, the first thing they do is put it on and talk over it.

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„I do not feel like spending the rest of my life writing books that no one will read. It is not as though I wanted to write them.“

—  Samuel Beckett Irish novelist, playwright, and poet 1906 - 1989
Context: I think the next little bit of excitement is flying. I hope I am not too old to take it up seriously, nor too stupid about machines to qualify as a commercial pilot. I do not feel like spending the rest of my life writing books that no one will read. It is not as though I wanted to write them. The Letters of Samuel Beckett 1929–1940 (2009), p. 362

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„I read On the Road in maybe 1959. It changed my life like it changed everyone else's.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
On the influence of Jack Kerouac on him, as quoted Grasping for the Wind : The Search for Meaning in the 20th Century (2001) by John W. Whitehead

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