to write the book


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • to write the book to be the leading authority in a field; -- usually used in the past tense; as, he's not just an average expert, he wrote the book .
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  • Aldous Huxley
    “A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.”
  • Martin Luther
    “The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
    “The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “You write a book like that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved-to write a book.”


In literature:

The King urged Copernicus to write a book on the subject of coinage.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
If you tell me it's not up to date, I'll write something sarcastic in the Complaint-Book.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Yet no one seems to write books or educational rhymes about the spider.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, August 11, 1920" by Various
Ollivier is probably now writing a book to prove that he was the wisest of ministers.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
The block-books, writing-books, pencils, and everything on the table are thrown in confusion on to the floor.
"Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research" by Michael Sage
In short, education became all in all to my mind; the one desirable possession, and its end the writing of books, its reward fame.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
She was writing a book, and used to sit up half the night.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
And that's why I say the book we started out to write won't materialize.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
This is especially apt to be the case if I am engaged in writing a magazine article or a book.
"How to Eat" by Thomas Clark Hinkle
It was when the old fellow first began to write his name, or try to, in his copy book, that he caused the greatest commotion.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
This may be a cheap way of writing books; but the books are a dear bargain to the buyer.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
When I discovered how to make anything, I put the particulars down in writing in a little book.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
And when he came to write on a larger scale, the title which he chose for his book showed that he was aiming at new ideals.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
After his retirement to the monastery, a period of ardent devotion to writing begins, and a great number of books were issued.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
She knew that he had gone to the little library where he kept his favorite books and did his writing.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
He's been told, though, to use the acid bottle on his books and write in a new version.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Somebody ought to write a book on the subject.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
The inquisitors being thus possessed of Constantine's books and writings, now found matter sufficient to form charges against him.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Some of them like to write their opinions on the margins of the books.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
For the most part Mrs. WARD writes long yarns, and those who read her books look to her for more than five score thou.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 29, 1916" by Various

In poetry:

Let all the heathen writers join
To form one perfect book;
Great God! if once compared with thine,
How mean their writings look!
"Psalm 119 part 7" by Isaac Watts
He's writing poetry books and prose,
To scatter over the land;
To show the depth from which he 'rose,
The height where now he stands.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin
After the hailstorm of graves
the column was thrust up high
and four old poets
leaned back on it
to write on the books pages
their bestsellers.
"The Plague Colemn" by Jaroslav Seifert
Yet blight, e'en now, is on the wing
To nip that vernal blossoming;
His tribute flowers Wit fails to yield,
Sense, worldly grown, seeks wider field;
E'en Love and Friendship cease to write,
And half the book is idle white.
"For The Same Book ( To Louisa C—, For Her Album)" by John Kenyon
Oft the stricken hero scarce his tedious toil could brook,
He wished to go and write, though it were but a single book,
To show a little what he was, and show it to the world:
He loosed his cable daily, but ne'er his sails unfurled.
"Old Heltberg" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
"By right divine we rule ye. God made ye but for us!"
Thus cry the lords of nations to the slaves whom they subdue.
Unclasp God's book of nature—its writings read not thus!
Hear! tramplers of the millions!—Hear! benders to the few!
"Our Destiny" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Was your approach to the book any different when writing for younger readers.
Waters told the couple he is planning to write a book about his adventures.
Books are shown from the Chicago Publishers Gallery, a lovely space formerly located at the Cultural Center that moved this year to the Read/Write Library in Humboldt Park.
"How to Write a New Book for the Bible," with Linda Gehringer, Jeff Biehl, center, and Tyler Pierce.
How to Write a New Book for the Bible' is poignant but needs editing.
The book took more than three years to research and write.
George Zimmerman's friend writes book to defend 'the most hated man in America'.
A friendship developed and the musicians began to play music and eventually started to write together as Bad Books.
Two musicians travel to an inn by the sea, intent on writing a book.
Todd Parr, at his home in Berkeley, Calif, was commissioned by the PJ Library to write a book.
To enter the drawing, write a book review on forms available at the library.
Bob Dylan has that spark to write again, but this time it's not for a new record, but rather the potential follow-up to his 2004 book, 'Chronicles.
Why did you wait until now to write the book.
When local author Jean Hart Stewart finally found the time to pursue her lifelong love of writing she filled the pages of nearly 25 books.
The event includes a children's book writing and publishing panel discussion from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

In science:

The material covered is not original: the topic was discussed for a long time in books and papers to numerous to mention, both the classics of the field (su ch as books and papers by Laplace, Borel, and Kolmogorov) and more expository writings, such as books written by Polya and Renyi.
Algorithmic Information Theory and Foundations of Probability
Curiously enough, however, he also wrote a book on “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” . “His goal in writing the work was to explain the source of mankind’s ability to form moral judgements, in spite of man’s natural inclinations towards self-interest.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
Hacking was writing about the standard synchronic Dutch book arguments, but the above statement remains true even for the diachronic Dutch book arguments, originally due to Lewis and first reported by Teller .
Bayesian Conditioning, the Reflection Principle, and Quantum Decoherence
Conclusion Barnes objections to The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning result from a misunderstanding of my intention in writing the book, and both a misunderstanding and misrepresentation of much that is in it.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
We thank Professor Kibble, one of the founders of the gauge theory of gravity, who honored us by writing a foreword to this book.
Gauge Theories of Gravitation
In fact, one of the goals that I had in mind when writing this book was to make particle physicists become interested in nonlinear dynamics, and nonlinear physicists become interested in particle physics.
Spatio-temporal Chaos and Vacuum Fluctuations of Quantized Fields
The editor’s invitation to write a chapter for this book about ether and the Universe led me to think how my recent work had anything to do with ether, because the word was never used previously in my writings.
Can physics laws be derived from monogenic functions?
The famous book of Bell, Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics, has been re-released last year (Bell, 2004). I feel extremely honored to be asked by Studies to write an essay-review on it.
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell
Finally, we are grateful to Ion Olimpiu Stamatescu who invited and urged the author to write this article for the forthcoming book An Assessment of Current Paradigms in the Physics of Fundamental Phenomena, (Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2006).
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
If you’re an unknown environmentalist and they get Al Gore to write the foreword to your book then you’re in good shape.
Review of "Garden of integrals"
These may have been the works (mostly textbooks) the author used to write the book but a more comprehensive list suitable for further reading should have been compiled.
Review of "Garden of integrals"
P.S. tried to actively promote these ideas by presenting them at various colloquia and meetings, publishing review papers, Russian translations of textbooks and proceedings on detectors and large telescopes of the future and, finally, writing his own books on new astronomical techniques.
Peter Scheglov --- pioneer of site testing in the Central Asia
Above: It was in the writing of our ESRO report3 with Johnny, which later became the first chapters of our book on “Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Cosmology”1 that some of the crucial new ideas on the last phases of gravitational collapse leading to a black hole were formulated.
Fundamental physics from black holes, neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts
According to P3, organizing her notes had become unmanageable to the point where she had to come up with a better archival system. “I write on my note book and then take a picture the page with my iPad.
Examining Motivations behind Paper Usage in Academia
By its very nature, because of the time it takes to write and publish a book, this indicator displays considerable inertia.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy