Editors Quotes

A good novel editor is invisible.

Terri Windling

A very good editor is almost a collaborator.

Ken Follett

There are many more want-to-be writers out there than good editors.

Stephen Ambrose

I suppose some editors are failed writers - but so are most writers.

T. S. Eliot

Editor is a critic. He has pulled out his carving-knife and his tomahawk and is starting after a book which he is going to have for breakfast.

Mark Twain

Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.

Addison, Joseph

An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.

Stevenson, Adlai E.

Not too many people know who the editor is.

Julius Schwartz

An editor is the uncrowned king of an educated democracy.


An Editor becomes kind of your mother. You expect love and encouragement from an Editor.

Jackie Kennedy

All "little" magazines have the luxury of thinking the reader is the same person as their editors.

William Whitworth

Every editor of newspapers pays tribute to the devil.

Jean de la Fontaine

The writer’s job is to write while the editor’s job is to worry.

Gregory Clark

There are plenty of bad editors who try to impose their own vision on a book.

Terri Windling

A good editor will pick every nit. No use accusing them of nit-picking. It’s their job

Margaret Atwood
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