Quotes


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"I lived to write, and wrote to live." Samuel Rogers
"If you don't like my book, write your own.
If you don't think you can write a novel, that ought to tell you something.
If you think you can, do. No excuses.
If you still don't like my novels, find a book you do like.
Life is too short to be miserable.
If you like my novels, I commend your good taste."
Rita Mae Brown
"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books--what other men do not say in whole books."
Friedrich Nietzsche
"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."
Somerset Maugham
"The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any." Russell Baker
"The words you choose to say something are just as important as the decision to speak."
Anonymous
"Well, the first paragraph is done. Time for a brownie."Marge Simpson from The Simpsons
"With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs."James Thurber
“Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk. But you have to have both elements in creation — the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.”Peter De Vries
“The right thing . . . is in the characters just as in the incidents of the play to seek after the necessary or the probable; so that whenever such-and-such a personage says or does such-and-such a thing, it shall be the necessary or probable outcome of his character.”Aristotle, Poetics
A bad book is as much a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.Aldous Huxley
A blank page is God's way of showing you how hard it is to be God.Anon
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.Henry Ward Beecher
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.Franz Kafka
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.Gian Vincenzo Gravina
A child can identify with adult characters- but only if they are sympathetically drawn and simple enough.E. W. Hildick, Children and Fiction
A classic is something everybody talks about and nobody has read.Mark Twain
A closed book is merely a stack of paper.Chinese proverb
A critic is a legless man who teaches running.Channing Pollock
A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all. Rita Mae Brown
A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.Ring Lardner
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.G K Chesterton
A good title should be like a good metaphor.  It should intrigue without being too baffling or too obvious.
Walker Percy
A kid is a guy I never wrote down to.  He's interested in what I say if I make it interesting.Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
A novel is a mirror walking along a main road.Stendhal
A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down.Edna St. Vincent Millay
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.Richard Bach
A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.

Margaret Atwood
A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.Margaret Atwood
A short saying often contains much wisdom.Sophocles
A story has been thought to its conclusion when it has taken its worst possible turn. Friedrich Durrenmatt
A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.Gaston Bachelard
A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. Charles Peguy
A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul. Count Leo Tolstoy
A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.Anatole France
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.Thomas Mann
A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.Eugene Ionesco
A writer should be a joyous optimist. Anything that implies rejection of life is wrong for a writer.George Gribbon
A writer should create living people; people, not characters.  A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway
A writer should have another lifetime to see if he's appreciated.Jorge Luis Borges
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.Leo Rosten
A writer writes not because he is educated, but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
Leo Rosten
A writer's brain is like a magician's hat. If you're going to get anything out of it, you have to put something in it first.Louis L'Amour
A writer's voice is not character alone, it is not style alone; it is far more.  A writer's voice line the stroke of an artist's brush- is the thumbprint of her whole person- her idea, wit, humor, passions, rhythms.  Patricia Lee Gauch
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)
Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without any annoying delays: don't write about Man, write about a man.E. B. White
After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.

on Shakespeare
Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)
Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, for it is a dangerous and a contagious disease.Peter Abelard
Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman.Nancy Banks Smith
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that it all happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.Ernest Hemingway
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