To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all. A message from the gods should be delivered at once. It is damnably blasphemous to talk about the autumn season and so on. How dare the author or publisher demand a price for doing his duty, the highest and most honorable to which a man can be called?
—Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) English Occultist, Mystic, Magician
When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it.
—Philip Roth (1933–2018) American Novelist, Short Story Writer