Ne'er a truer word spoken about the joys and perils of penning a book:
"Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy, then an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant, and, in the last stage, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public."
Winston S. Churchill
Grosvenor House, London, after receiving The Times Literary Award
November 2, 1949
For more Churchillisms (plus a wonderful section on red herrings he never uttered), buy
Churchill By Himself, The Definitive Collection of Quotations, by Finest Hour editor Richard Langworth. We share a publisher (PublicAffairs).